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T h e  V i r t u a l  A b b e y : A  M e d i e v a l  T o u r

Welcome to the armchair explorer's guide to a medieval abbey.

Here, monks live in self sufficient simplicity, pray for other's souls, imbibe on wine from their vineyards, (a little too much, says St. Benedict) heal common maladies with herbs from their gardens, pray, protect fugitives from the law, teach local children, and pray — and pray.

In their scriptoriums and libraries, monastic scribes are the saviors of ancient civilizations from the likes of Vandals and Visigoths, now running rampant through Europe after the Rome's inevitable fall.

Out in the field, monastic farmers are the agricultural experts of their time, taking on any craggy outcropping and turning it into a verdant field.

From humble beginnings, these hard working landowners have come to hold vast influence over local political life, and so it is no coincidence that the rise of the monasteries is closely tied to the power attained by the Church entire, for good or ill.

For now, take a look at the day-to-day lives of a typical monastic community - a major social hub anywhere they happened to settle. Up ahead, a virtual under construction...

Abbey Entrance | Herb Garden | Scriptorium | Wine Cellar

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