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Saint Benedict and his sister Saint Scolastica were born in Nursia (Norcia) around 480in a noble Christian family. As was the practice of the time, the boys coming from noble families were sent to study in Rome and so happened to St. Benedict, who soon became tired of life in the capital, characterized by debauchery and immorality.
He embraced his spiritual life by isolating himself as a hermit, until he was entrusted with a monastery. Here his period of growth began leading him to build 12 monasteries in Subiaco to move then, in 529, to Cassino. On the top of the mountain, St. Benedict and his most faithful disciples built the first abbey of Montecassino.