Monks reading at the monastery of San Damiano in Assissi in 1923.
Built in the 12 th century, this was the first monastery of the order of St. Clare. It was here in 1206 that St.Francis heard the word of God and began his religious life. In 1210, the 16 years old Clare heard Francis speaking and chose to leave her wealthy family to become a nun. She lived for the remainder of her life at San Damiano, taking a vow of poverty
The photograph by Ferdinand Schmutzer has been digitally colourised.