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date: 16 September 2019

abbey 

Source:
The Oxford Dictionary of Christian Art and Architecture
Author(s):
Tom Devonshire JonesTom Devonshire Jones, Linda MurrayLinda Murray, Peter MurrayPeter Murray

A monastery or religious community of monks or nuns, presided over by an *abbot or abbess. Normally the community began with twelve men or women, but often a newly founded community might have fewer, though a very large community might number from 100 to 200 members. The buildings are self-contained and male monasteries were often founded in desolate places (... ...

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