From Conservapedia
This is an old revision of this page, as edited by Learn together (Talk | contribs) at 11:17, 24 October 2008. It may differ significantly from current revision.

Jump to: navigation, search

A monastery is a building or structure or a series of buildings and structures that are set apart from regular civilization for religious commune. Monks are the usual inhabitants and live in such structures after taking specific vows. The early centuries of Christianity, especially in Africa, saw a thriving of monastic activity among the faithful. During the Middle Ages monastic institutions helped to preserve writings from antiquity that would otherwise have been lost.