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monastic house, especially among Benedictines and Cistercians, consisting of not less than 12 monks or nuns ruled by an abbot or abbess. Many abbeys were originally self-supporting. In the Benedictine expansion after the 8th cent., abbeys were often important centers of learning and peaceful arts and, like FuldaFulda
, city (1994 pop. 58,710), Hesse, central Germany, on the Fulda River. It is a banking and financial center. Manufactures include textiles and clothing. Fulda grew around a Benedictine abbey founded in 744 by Sturmius, a pupil of St. Boniface, the missionary.
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, were sometimes the nuclei of future towns. The buildings surround a church and include a dormitory, refectory, and guest house, all surrounded by a wall. The courtyard, derived from the Roman atriumatrium
, term for an interior court in Roman domestic architecture and also for a type of entrance court in early Christian churches. The Roman atrium was an unroofed or partially roofed area with rooms opening from it. In early times its center held a cooking hearth.
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, was a usual feature, as was the cloistercloister,
unroofed space forming part of a religious establishment and surrounded by the various buildings or by enclosing walls. Generally, it is provided on all sides with a vaulted passageway consisting of continuous colonnades or arcades opening onto a court.
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 or arcade surrounding the court. Cluniac abbeys were always ornate, Cistercian ones notably bare. The CarthusiansCarthusians
, small order of monks of the Roman Catholic Church [Lat. abbr.,=O. Cart.]. It was established by St. Bruno at La Grande Chartreuse (see Chartreuse, Grande) in France in 1084.
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 with their special polity developed an altogether different structure called the charterhouse.

Abbey

The monastic buildings of religious bodies governed by an abbot or abbess.

Abbey

 

a Catholic monastery governed by a father superior or, in a convent, by a mother superior, subordinate to a bishop and sometimes directly to the pope. The larger and wealthier monasteries owned much land and often played an important religious, political, and economic role in feudal Western Europe. Such monasteries included the abbeys of Cluny, Saint-Denis, Port Royal, Saint Gall, Fulda, and Monte Cassino. During the Reformation and especially during the bourgeois revolution, the abbey lost its significance in the life of European society. Many abbeys were liquidated, but some still exist today.

What does it mean when you dream about an abbey?

Dreaming of a convent or monastery may indicate that the dreamer needs to spend some time alone reflecting, or even needs to seek spiritual nourishment. Alternatively, it may symbolize isolation from the normal flow of life.

abbey

abbey: Plan of abbey of St. Germain-des-Prés, Paris, 13th cent. A, church; B, cloister; C, city gate; E, chapter house; F, chapel; G, refectory; H, cellars and presses; I, abbot’s lodging; K, ditches; L, gardens
A monastery or convent; particularly the church thereof.

abbey

1. a building inhabited by a community of monks or nuns governed by an abbot or abbess
2. a church built in conjunction with such a building
3. such a community of monks or nuns
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The qualities personified as nuns in the Abbaye are a mixture of virtues and related concepts (the gifts of the Holy Ghost, the beatitudes, the works of mercy); they are Charity, Wisdom, Humility, Discretion, Prayer, Jubilation, Devotion, Penitence, Temperance, Sobriety, Pity, Mercy, Fear of God, Honesty, Courtoisie, Simplicity, Reason, Loyalty, Generosity, Meditation, Zeal (Jelosie), and Love of God.
Abbaye Notre-Dame d'Orval (Orval), B-6823 Villers-devant-Orval, Belgium.
But despite Abbaye and his imps, I did not see any options, and it was certainly easier not to think about it.
Trainer John Best recalls: "He'd been a bit fresh first time out in the King's Stand, but I spoke afterwards to Chris Richardson of the Cheveley Park Stud, who had bought him after the Abbaye in a deal which left him still racing for owner John Mayne, and I told him I'd like to run again at the weekend if he was all right.
Spirit Quartz could try to bounce back in the Abbaye after a poor run in the Nunthorpe in which he had finished runner-up 12 months earlier.
Smartsaid: "Moorhouse Lad is in the Abbaye and it's certainly a race we're looking at.
Unfortunately, I am only to spend three nights at the charming Abbaye de la Bussiere, but I'd be perfectly happy if my stay were to be much longer.
Tragus, which has 3,800 staff and also includes the Abbaye and Mamma Amalfi brands, is expected to generate sales of around pounds 114m in the year to May.
Trainer John Dunlop and jockey Willie Carson teamed up with Salsabil to win the Prix Marcel Boussac with Ian Balding and John Matthias striking in the Abbaye thanks to Silver Fling.
She's in the Abbaye but I would say probably the Prix de la Foret over seven furlongs at Longchamp.
For more information about this tragic event, read the book Murder at the Abbaye.
The museum is part of the Conservatoire Nationale des Arts & Metiers, an august institution occupying the grounds and buildings of the early medieval Abbaye de Saint Martin des Champs in the third arrondissement (a stone's throw from the Pompidou Centre).