|The monastery and sanctuary of Le Celle|
In the year 1211 Le Celle was but a few small buildings and most likely being used as a mill. That is the scene that would have greeted St. Francis of Assisi as he approached this remote location seeking a place of solitude. He found it here in the wilderness surrounding Cortona and stayed long enough to set in motion the creation of a monastic settlement. Today, although Le Celle appears a Franciscan monastery of somewhat grand proportion, it remains a sanctuary used for the purpose of contemplation and its modest interior a reflection of the Franciscan belief in austerity.
|The cell of St. Francis|
|Madonna and Child|
|Something to the effect of following your heart|
through St. Francis, the voice of the Lord.
|A simple and rustic aesthetic.|
|The waterway was what made this location perfect for its original use as a mill.|
|Grounds surrounding Le Celle.|