A Newcomer's Guide to the Trappists

Monastic Life - Monastery Buildings

Traditionally, a monastery was known as "the antechamber of heaven".  The beauty and simplicity of monastic buildings reflects something of the life of eternity.  Below are answers to your questions regarding monastic spaces and their various purposes.

Why is a monastery laid out the way it is?
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What is the room called the "Oratory"?
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What is a monk's / nun's "cell"?
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What is the room called the "Refectory" for?
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What is the purpose of the "Chapter Room"?
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What is the purpose of the infirmary in the monastery?
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