Frescoes in an Abbey These lovely frescoes are in an abbey called Monte Oliveto Maggiore. It was begun in 1313, and was sanctioned in 1344. Monte Oliveto Maggiore is the cradle of the Olivetan Order. From the earliest times to the present day, it has always held a foremost position in the fields of science, art and of studies in general. A school for the recovery of old books has now been founded where monks carry out the most skillful and amazing work. The monks are still silent within the abbey, and visitors are asked to be silent as well; personally, I had no problem with that.