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Subiaco Monastery: St. Benedict Statue in the Sacred Cave

St. Benedict Statue in the Sacred Cave

Statue of St. Benedict by Antonio Raggi (1657), disciple of Bernini, in the Sacred Cave (Sacro Speco). Here Benedict lived alone as a hermit for three years around 500 AD. Benedict is shown as a young man, his arms folded across his chest while he meditates on the cross. A marble basket represents the food Benedict received from the monk Romanus.

Credit: Holly Hayes