An aerial view of a German Benedictine Monastery compound. A small town is nestled at the foot of a hill in the background. The monastery includes a ditch surrounding the outer wall, stables, gardens, graveyard, workshops, church, cloister, living quarters, and various other buildings. It is pictured as it would have looked at the end of the Middle Ages.

A German Benedictine Monastery with a Small Town in the Background - Aerial View

An aerial view of a German Benedictine Monastery compound. A small town is nestled at the foot of a…

A monk sits at his desk in a scriptorium with pen in hand, writing in a book. A second book also sits open on his desk, suggesting he is copying, a common practice. A third book sits open on a stand behind him and a fourth sits open on a low stand to his right Several books are on shelves in the background. He wears a cloak and hood. There are two latticed windows on the left.

A Monk at Work in the Scriptorium

A monk sits at his desk in a scriptorium with pen in hand, writing in a book. A second book also sits…

Charterhouse, originally Sutton's Hospital in Charterhouse, is a prominent boys independent or public school. Founded by Thomas Sutton in London in 1611 on the site of the old Carthusian monastery in Charterhouse Square, Smithfield, it is one of the original nine English public schools as defined by the Public Schools Act 1868. Today pupils are still referred to as Carthusians, and ex-pupils as Old Carthusians or OCs. It is one of Britain's most expensive schools, with annual boarding and tuition fees per pupil of more than £27,000.

Charterhouse School, 18th Century

Charterhouse, originally Sutton's Hospital in Charterhouse, is a prominent boys independent or public…

This illustration shows one fragment of a French cloister built in the Middle Ages. The architecture is Gothic, with pointed arches and vaulted ceilings, Two monks huddle in the passageway. This cloister looks very similar to the cloister at Mont Saint Michel Abbey, though it is not labeled as such.

A Cloister at a French Monastery from the Middle Ages

This illustration shows one fragment of a French cloister built in the Middle Ages. The architecture…

This Romanesque leaf design was found in a monastery in St. Trophimus (Southern France).

Romanesque Leaf

This Romanesque leaf design was found in a monastery in St. Trophimus (Southern France).

A man, probably a monk, illuminating a manuscript. He sits at a large table with easel. The man is barefoot and wearing a robe with a hood.

Man Painting an Illuminated Manuscript

A man, probably a monk, illuminating a manuscript. He sits at a large table with easel. The man is barefoot…

An illustration of a monk giving a poor beggar a bowl of food on the steps of the monastery.

Monastery Gate

An illustration of a monk giving a poor beggar a bowl of food on the steps of the monastery.

A concert in the monastery.

A Concert in the Monastery

A concert in the monastery.

An Eastern Orthodox monastery of Mount Athos in Greece.

Simonopetra Monastery

An Eastern Orthodox monastery of Mount Athos in Greece.

A group of monks sit on backless benches around a table in a vaulted room.

Monks at a Table

A group of monks sit on backless benches around a table in a vaulted room.

This gold pattern is a 15th century design found on the floor of the altar shrine in the monastery of Heilbronn in Germany.

Gold Pattern

This gold pattern is a 15th century design found on the floor of the altar shrine in the monastery of…

The Romanesque boss rosette is a 13th century design made of four divisions. It is found in the chapter-hall of the monastery of Heiligenkreuz near Vienna, Austria.

Romanesque Boss Rosette

The Romanesque boss rosette is a 13th century design made of four divisions. It is found in the chapter-hall…

The tiles square panel is found in the Cistercian monastery in Bebenhausen a village in Germany.

Tiles Square Panel

The tiles square panel is found in the Cistercian monastery in Bebenhausen a village in Germany.

"Monks at work in the monastery kitchen."—Gordy, 1912

Monks at Work

"Monks at work in the monastery kitchen."—Gordy, 1912