Cascia, Abbazia di San Pietro in Valle, Abbazia di Sassovivo, Assisi, Abbazia di Montelabate
“We should listen to the silence if we want to feel our soul to be moved”
Steve McCurry takes us to abbeys, convents, monasteries and cloisters located in the land that gave birth to St. Benedict, St. Francis, St. Clare and St. Rita.
Silence becomes the protagonist of this moment.
Starting from Cascia, the town of St. Rita, and crossing the Nera Valley, Steve arrives at the San Pietro in Valle Abbey in which art and nature coexist in a thousand-year old harmony.
A few kilometers away from Foligno, Steve discovers the Sassovivo Abbey. There he captures some snapshots illustrating the intimate moments of the monks, portraying them during their daily life, in the white Romanesque architecture of the precious cloister.
Continuing northwards, along the St. Francis’ route (www.viadifrancesco.it), crossing Spello, he reaches Assisi.
A landscape with neat vineyards and olive trees serves as background of a picture of the St. Francis Basilica, inside which there are the mortal remains of the saint and some of the greatest artworks of medieval painters such as Giotto, Cimabue, Lorenzetti and Simone Martini.
Steve captures it in the distance, almost not to disturb the quiet of the city of Peace.
Francescanism’s route continues towards the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli, that holds within it the so called Porziuncola, a church inside the church, that was so dear to St. Francis.
The journey through the places of the soul ends in the heart of the Tevere Valley.
Towards the north to discover the first Benedectine settlements in Umbria, Steve reaches the Montelabate Abbey. Immersed in a peaceful nature, the ancient abbey invites to contemplation.