Thursday Doors – October 20, 2016

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Abbaye Saint-Benoit – Saint-Benoit-du-Lac, Québec

Earlier this summer while on a mini-vacation road trip in Québec’s Eastern Townships we visited the Benedictine Abbey at Saint-Benoit-du-Lac.

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The monastery was established in 1912 by a group of exiled monks from the Fontanelle Abbey of St. Wandrille France. The current structure was built in 1934/35 and is situated on a multi-acre site overlooking the western shores of Lake Memphremagog, not far from the U.S. border, about a ninety minute drive southeast of Montréal.

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The abbey is home to roughly thirty monks in full-time residence who live a monastic life that is devoted to prayer, hard work, and service to the community, all while maintaining a vow of silence.

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The Abbey is open to the public seven days a week for prayer and also offers guided tours for curious visitors. Needless to say, it’s pretty quiet in there 😀

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In fact for those who are looking to get away from it all for a few days of peace and quiet, or if you’re interested in experiencing monastic living, the abbey does accept a limited number of overnight guests. Dorm rooms can be reserved for short stays for a suggested donation of only $60.00 per night which includes three meals per day.

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To finance the abbey’s operations there is a gift shop on-site that sells artisanal cheeses, jams, honey, and other products made by the monks from produce grown on the complex and in their nearby orchards.

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As we stroll around admiring the doors you’ll notice one of the main features of the abbey is the multi-colored patterned tile and brickwork, that is repeated throughout the building.

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Whether you’re religious or not, walking through a place like this slows you down, quiets and clears the mind, and offers you the opportunity for somber reflection.

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This hallway leads to the main chapel where the monks perform their prayers multiple times per day, in the form of Gregorian Chant. The hallway is lined with display signs that describe the history of the benedictine ‘movement’ and how these monks ended up in rural Québec.

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Photography in the chapel is not permitted when the monks are in prayer. So though I have no photos of the chapel for you, the good news is that it meant we were there while the monks were chanting.

How was it?

Wow…just wow 🙂

After touring the main building we decided to walk around the grounds for a bit  and I’m glad we did.

Up a small hill on the other side of the parking lot we discovered this tiny secondary chapel hidden among the trees.

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It was so dark that none of my interior shots came out, but hey, it sure has a pretty door don’t you think?

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Located at 1 rue Principale in Saint-Benoit-du-Lac, Québec, the Abbey and its gift shop are open seven days a week, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm from May through October, and 9:00 am to 5:00 pm from November through April.

Hope you enjoyed the peaceful tour 🙂

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About Norm 2.0

World’s youngest grumpy old man & heart failure wonder boy. Interests: writing, woodworking, photography, travel, tennis, wine, and I know a bit about power tools.
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64 Responses to Thursday Doors – October 20, 2016

  1. What a beautiful, tranquil place, Norm. I love those coloured tiles, so unusual to see them in an abbey. The idea of an overnight stay really appeals, especially at such a great price.

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  2. reocochran says:

    Norm, I didn’t get a Thursday’s Doors post out this week. Your collection is elegant, grand and beautiful. Abbey’s seem to me to be the best places to capture intriguing elements, on every turn.
    Oh, I just want to retire and do my blog: ha ha! Anyway, the Benedictine Abbey in Quebec is a really unique site and resembles European and also, Turkish influences. Those tan, brown and red brick tiles and their patterns have Eastern influences.
    I did post a beautiful and moving sunflowers field in memory of a six going on seven-year old girl named Maria early in last week. Today’s post is a calm river. I think I have an upcoming doors post, not sure. . . Just stopping by and leaving my best regards to you! 🙂

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  3. What a great place and great photos! I loved all of them! I would find it difficult though to be restful and peaceful with all the colored tiles!

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  4. Absolutely exquisite. Reminds me of a church in Nova Scotia. Thank you for sharing these vivid and creative photos.

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  5. jan says:

    A lot of fancy brick and stone work – those monks are very talented.

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  6. Wow! Beautiful and awesome, Norm. You’re managing to find and photographing some fantastic doorscursions! The hidden chapel was great too! I’m curious, if you take a guided of the monastery do the guides speak or do they just point to signs.

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  7. Aimer Boyz says:

    The coloured tiles really surprised me. I expected a more austere esthetic from monks. The tiny chapel is something out of a storybook. Thanks, Norm 🙂

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  8. Beautiful collection of doors! And a remarkable place. Definitely worth a visit.

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  9. lifelessons says:

    I love the vividness of your photos today.

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  10. willowdot21 says:

    Glorious, uplifting and beautiful!

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  11. Candy says:

    The stone and tile work are fabulous! Of course, so were the doors 😉

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  12. Ludwig says:

    Stunning, peaceful, beautiful – what else can I say, this is a wonderful place and gorgeously photographed!

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  13. cwaugh212 says:

    This is and especially wonderful post today. The pictures are beautiful, and the narrative makes them even more interesting. This is a place I would love to visit.

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  14. dennyho says:

    That confessional looks pretty serious! My favorite shot was the one taken from below the stone steps that lead up to the chapel. It is beautiful to see the steps of time worn into those stones. Great photos this week Norm.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Yeah those confessional doors do look a bit severe. I bet they lock from the outside too, just to keep the extra-naughty sinners locked up 😀
      Thanks for the kind words about the pics, I’m glad you liked them.

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  15. jesh stg says:

    Wow, absolutely beautiful brick work! And I love the stairs outside you captured! Everything looks so perfect, but the vow of silence – I would sin a lot:)

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  16. slfinnell says:

    A quilter could get a lot of inspiration in all that design with the tiles! Personally speaking of course 😉

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  17. julieallyn says:

    Here’s my entry for this week’s challenge

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  18. Cee Neuner says:

    Hi Norm,
    You never cease to amaze and delight me with your doors.
    I only have one door for you today.

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  19. Marsha says:

    What gorgeous pictures. The details and geometry of these doors are astounding. Great math lesson potential. I may have told you this, but I have you listed on my page of photo challenges. http://wp.me/P7tP3I-gS

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  20. Beautiful building inside and outside. Love the doors, floors, and walls. I know I’m weird, but I do love listening to monks chant.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      You’re not weird at all. It is very soothing to listen to.
      For a while, about 20 years ago there was bit of a resurgence in the popularity of Gregorian chants. There was one really popular CD put out by a group of monks in Spain that actually made it onto the charts in a few countries.

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  21. Vicky says:

    Wow, a gem! For the background, the outer style is quite an austere style, but grand and very striking. I think they let themselves go with the floors and brickwork, what a wonderful place and the secret chapel is a great find. The doors seem to fit the 30’s era and I could have easily mistaken the confessional doors for the ladies and gents! Great post, another place seen through your lens…

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  22. Dan Antion says:

    Thanks so much for sharing these doors and other photos, Norm. That shot down the hallway through the open doors is my favorite. I can feel the stress draining, just looking at the photo. These are beautiful doors and the building itself is amazing. I;m so glad you stumbled onto the mini-chapel – what a lovely building to find hiding in the woods.

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  23. marianallen says:

    Absolutely stunning! Nothing dull about those corridors and rooms! There’s creativity and joy in every square inch. But I’m curious about decent dress: Since God created us naked, does that mean you had to take off all your clothes to go into the church? –Seriously, what a wonderful tour you shared with us! Tiny-house nut that I am, I LOVE the tiny chapel.

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  24. joey says:

    Gorgeous, stunning, amazing, beautiful place! Oh little secondary chapel has stolen my heart. How fabulous are those doors? Great stuff, Norm!

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  25. What a glorious place, one filled with workmanship showing that the creators used their skills from the Creator in marvelous ways, even though, as Judy says, it might be a bit over the top.. I love both the structures, large and small. What wonderful stone! Thanks for sharing this, Norm.

    janet

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  26. Norm, the beauty of this gave me goosebumps. Wow is right. The doors are handsome, and while the tiles are a bit much for my bland lifestyle, the brick work put me in awe of the craftsmen who created it. A sincere thanks for sharing such a beautiful historic place with us. 🙂

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Judy. It’s a little off the beaten path and not mentioned in most of the tourism guide books which is exactly the kind of place I like to discover and share with others.

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  27. Joanne Sisco says:

    For such a quiet place, the visual stimulation is shouting out loud!! It’s interesting that while they have forsaken speech, they seem to have compensated with all this “eye candy”. I’m assuming that while it was very quiet and peaceful inside, it was also energizing.

    My favourite photo is the one of the stairs leading up to the small chapel. I feel like I could walk into that picture.

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  28. Oooh, I could feel how befitting grand time you were having there! Amazing shots!

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