PresenThe augustinian monastery
Presentation made by Ilaria Claudio
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Transcripts - PresenThe augustinian monastery
THE AUGUSTINIAN MONASTERYTHE AUGUSTINIAN MONASTERY
“SANTI QUATTRO CORONATI”“SANTI QUATTRO CORONATI”
Founded during World
War II, it was very
important because it
was a safe place in the
centre of Rome that
people used as a
shelter in World war II.
During bomb attacks,
when the alarm rang,
people used to go to
the shelter where they
prayed and waited for
the end of the danger.
The monastery hosted politicians, deserters,
whole Hebrew families with grandparents and
The pope Pio XII allowed them to live there,
protecting, hiding, feeding and saving them from
deportation and death.
There was a high risk the refugees could be
found, so both men and women used to dress up
as monks and to work in the garden, like real
Once two SS officers went over but the nuns
struggled in defense of the monastery and the
cloister was not violated.
The nuns had to keep safe lots of objects
such as cars, bikes, horses, lorries and cows.
It’s right there, in the middle of the war, that
people started again to live.