Medieval Monastery I

Origins

Its origins are found in antiquity.

Already, then, men and women withdrew from society to devote themselves to the service of God.

In retirement they chose two solutions:

  1. Living in isolation: they are the anachorites or hermits.​
  2. Living in community: it is the monks, who gave rise to the monasteries.

Monje, ja

  1. (in Christianity) a man who has withdrawn from the world for religious reasons, especially as a member of an order of cenobites living according to a particular rule and under vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience.
  2. (in any religion) a man who is a member of a monastic order:

2. Example of hermit life. Caves in Marquina (Álava).
3. Example of monastic life. Monastery of St. Catherine of Sinai (Egypt), founded in the 6th century

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