Places of worship

Montecasale Hermitage

Given to Saint Francis in 1213, it has been home to Capuchin monks since 1537

Eremo di Montecasale

Legend has it that the hermitage of Montecasale dates to 1192, when Camaldolese monks set up a small convent with hospital and pilgrims’ hall here, in the Tuscan mountains near the neighbouring Le Marche. The hermitage was given to Saint Francis in 1213 and is an important location for Franciscan spirituality and tradition.

Franciscan friars remained here until 1268, when they were replaced by hermits who followed the rule of Saint Augustine. From the 13th to the 15th centuries, a marian cult developed here around an image of the Madonna and Child. At the beginning of the 16th century, the minor order of Capuchin monks took over, having received the hermitage from Pope Paul III in 1537, and they continue to reside there today.

The complex has remained that typical of the most basic and ancient of the Franciscan convents, with a central cloister made up of large architraved pilasters, that gives access to various buildings necessary for monastic functions. It’s a notable example of poor or simple architecture, made of local materials and inspired by the simple monastic life. 

Contact (ITA): ilsentierodifrancesco.it

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