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The Abbey of La Trappe: a photo, a description (Abbaye Notre-Dame de la Trappe)

The Normandy Abbey of La Trappe, founded in the XII century, became the founder of a new branch of the Cistercian order, the name of which was derived from the name of the monastery. The official name was "the Order of Cistercians of strict observance", and the unofficial members of this order in the order called Trappist. They adhere to a particularly ascetic lifestyle. Their example was followed by other monks joined the order of Trappist.

The year of Foundation of the Abbey of La Trappe is 1140 minutes. A few years later it became subordinate to the Abbey of Clervaux, and under his leadership has achieved relative prosperity, which was destroyed first in the era of the hundred years war, and then during the great French revolution. When the revolutionaries of the Abbey was nationalised and the monks left it and returned to the monastery after nearly two decades.

During this time the resident came in perfect decay and was finally destroyed. However, the Abbey was able to recover in just fifteen years later, in 1832, and was consecrated the newly built Church. At the end of the XIX century the monks of La Trappe was again expelled from the monastery, this time anticlerical government, but after a few years was able to return and continue the restoration of the monastery.

Currently, La Trappe is an active monastery. The Abbey is located in the lower Normandy region, a hundred kilometers from the capital of France.

Interestingly, the monastery gave the name not only of a branch of the Cistercian order, but also the beer. The inhabitants of the Abbey during the persecution in the nineteenth century found refuge in a Dutch village, founded there a new monastery and was engaged in brewing - first for their own needs, and after the First world war and for sale. Now Trappist Breweries make up a whole network, and its enterprises are located only in the territory of the monasteries, and the brewers are only monks.