VISIT BASILICA

The Basilica of San Benedetto, is built over the birthplace of St Benedict and St Scholastica.
The Basilica opens each day at 8:20 AM and closes at 8:15 PM. (Closed Tuesday from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM)

VISIT GUESTHOUSE

Guests and pilgrims who wish to come and spend some time in prayer with the monks are always welcome. We have a small guesthouse where we can accommodate men who wish to closely follow our life. If you wish to reserve a room, please contact the guestmaster at: foresteria@osbnorcia.org

DIRECTIONS GETTING TO NORCIA

There are several ways to arrive in Norcia:
For train schedules to Spoleto, visit www.trenitalia.com.
For bus schedules from Spoleto to Norcia, click here.

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The Library

The Library

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Monasteries in Europe are well known for their libraries. Besides containing important manuscripts of antiquity, many were designed with elaborate decoration and paintings. When the monastery in Norcia was supressed in 1810 by Napoleon all the books were confiscated. In 2003, 3 years after arriving in Norcia, the monks rebuilt a modest wooden shelving system in one of the largest rooms to house a new collection. Later that year, then Cardinal Ratzinger came to celebrate the Feast of St. Benedict with us. After the Pontifical Mass, a large Pranzo and a short nap, the Cardinal blessed the new library and gave the monks a short conference on the importance of the foundation in Norcia for the Church.

 

Essential to the rebuilding of the library and the growth of the collection have been our two American libarians, Ethan Allen and Marguerite Wolf. Over the last 5 years they have made many voyages across the Atlantic to offer their time and expertise in the cataloguing of our new library. To highlight some of the features of the collection the librarians have set up a blog site . There you can find information on special collections, ongoing projects and particular works sought.