Il sole di risplende sulla Croce - Convento delle Celle di Cortona
"The sun shines on the Cross - Convent of the Celle di Cortona"...
In the year 1211, St. Francis and a few of his followers built the first nine cells of the now Franciscan Hermitage, and it has been called Le Celle ever since. Originally, only a few small hermit’s cottages and peasant dwellings existed, including a small chapel built during the Lombard invasions and dedicated to the Archangel Michael. This is believed to be the place where, in May 1226, four months before his death, St. Francis dictated his Will. Following the death of Saint Francis that same year, Brother Elias of Cortona who was among the first to join St. Francis of Assisi in his newly founded Order of Friars Minor, withdrew permanently to the Le Celle Hermitage. In 1239, Elias carried out a number of improvements and restoration works which ensured the hermitage became a permanent Franciscan property. Brother Elias is in fact considered responsible for having broken up the stone of the caves and created a chapel that was formerly used as a dormitory by the monks, and the small cell where St. Francis lived. I found Le Celle to be one of the pleasant surprises in and around Cortona. The tiny cells built into the side of the mountain with a stream descending along the structural edge, creates a surreal and picturesque vision of Saint Francis’ image of God and nature.
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