Hundreds gather on a hilltop in southern Indiana to see the results after the Monte Cassino Shrine, a nearly 150-year-old pilgrim destination, is restored to its former glory. The sandstone building gained fame after prayers said at the location to the Virgin Mary seemed to stop a smallpox epidemic from ravaging the surrounding town of St. Meinrad, Indiana. The nearby St. Meinrad Archabbey hosts regular prayer services at the shrine every October and May.
Improvements to the historic structure include cleaning and retouching the damaged artwork that covers the walls and ceiling, stabilizing the foundation and sealing mortar joints, paving the exterior and adding a prayer garden.
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