Monday, October 25, 2010

Jeronimos Monastery...

Cloisters are so beautiful. They remind me of a glorified courtyard adorned with beautiful arches.
It is neat to imagine this as a social area for the monks in times past.
I just learned the difference between a convent and a monestary. A monestary is the building or workplace for the order of the monks. A convent is the community of religious bro/sis, priests, and nuns. A convent becomes a monestary when monks then come in. Many old monasterys have been abandoned and are no longer in use. They are expensive to restore. It is sad to come up on an abandoned one and think of the history lost. Some are 13-15th century structures--older than America.

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Monastary´s catherdral--view from the chior area




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