This week you will explore a plan from the 9th century for a monastery. The St. Gall monastery plan incorporated a vision of an ideal monastic environment for monks who followed the Rule of St. Benedict. Consider the daily life of the monk in the middle ages. Read excerpts from the Rule of the Benedict to learn about what monks ate and drank, and how they slept. Then explore the plan of St. Gall, which was not built in the middle ages but now rises in Southern Germany. What do you find most interesting about the plan and the lives of medieval monks? What do you think is the appeal of constructing a medieval monastery in the 21st century?
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