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Friday, September 9, 2016

New Norcia

DH and I took a bus tour to New Norcia while we were staying in Perth. 
Friends had recommended visiting this town which is the only 'monastery town' in Australia, having been set up by some Benedictine monks in the 1800s. The monks were to set up 4 schools; one girls' school for white girls, one for aboriginal girls, one for white boys and one for aboriginal boys. There are no schools any more in the town. But most of the school buildings remain.
It is really a town full of magnificent old buildings.

The hotel in the town was originally built by the monks as a guest house for parents of the school children who boarded in New Norcia. It eventually became a hotel which included a bar. 

The first thing our guide showed us was the Monastery. There are 4 monks remaining, who live here. We could only look through the gate into the courtyard as it is their home after all...
The first building we went into was the Abbey.

The tomb of one of the founders of this mission, Dom Rosendo Salvador is in this church...
Next we went to the former girls' school, St Gertrude's to view the chapel. 

While DH visited the museum, I preferred to walk across the road to get some photos of the building that the museum and gift shop are in...another of those 4 former schools. It was magnificent! 
And I also enjoyed the open paddocks across the road...
All lovely and peaceful. 


Nanna Chel said...

You are having a lovely visit, Maria. What lovely old buildings...built to last!

angela said...

I wonder if the school and the founding monk were the inspirations for the musical bran Nue Dae.
If only those walls could talk, what would they tell us
Magnificent photos

diane b said...

It sure is an amazing place. All those beautiful buildings in the middle of nowhere. I enjoyed the museum too.

Cynthia said...

They really are beautiful buildings and so European. I'm wondering where all the students came from.

Janine @ Rainbow Hare said...

Those buildings are amazing! It sounds like a wonderful trip :)