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“Historical and sightseeing”

Latrun Trappist Monastery
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“Historical and sightseeing”
Reviewed May 28, 2014 via mobile

Lovely landscape on the main road linking Jerusalem to Tel Aviv.
Souvenir shop and quite good wines and ollive oils and other products manufactured traditionally by the monks and neighboring agricultural producers.

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“Tenets: simplicity and accordance with nature”
Reviewed January 28, 2014

I felt the following during my visit:

The abby is simple, in accordance to the tenets of the trapist monks, yet grand. The size of the abby is large and spacious with high ceilings which force one to raise their heads as if in search for the "being" above. The light that comes though the mosaic stained glass window brings the light to this place as if entering into the "dark soul" of man.

The simple furniture, wooden benches and two humble icons are a reminder of the simplicity that we need to maintain in our lives. The literal coldness of the abby redirects attention to the surrounding, allowing to absorb the meaning of the environment. The stillness of the place (I was the only visitor at the time) invites contemplation that quiets the mind (and possibly the soul, of the believer).

The large and imposing statue positioned in the center grabs your aatentions. However grand, it seems to blend in with the simple surrounding of white interior. Other subtle religous symbols (crosses on the columns) adorn the abbey.

The monestary is considered a holy place. However, one (I) cannot help but wonde what constitutes holiness and how it is conferred on a material object (other than bliend belief)? Is it the fact that it is inhabitted by people who have given up on the pursuits that everyone else's energies are aborbed by, leaving little place for spiritual pursuits? ot is it the cared for gardens and the sheer imposing grandness of the place that invite tranquility and contemplation of the immaterial?

All this happened prior to me visiting the Christian Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem. The richness of the churches and lack of humbleness evoke aversion to religion. In comparison, the monestary lives up to its tenets of simplicity. It is really a good place to visit solo to engage in some contemplation, which is not possible in the more torist business oriented religious establishments.

Visited January 2014
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Jerusalem, Israel
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“Monastery Of Silence”
Reviewed July 31, 2013

The Trapist monks are an order of monks who originated in France. They believe that "the spoken word" is holy and therefore should only be used for prayer or for minimum dialogue but not for idle conversation. They have taken oaths of silence except for those who need to stay in touch with the people around them. You can sit in the surrounding gardens for a light picnic, (no fires, Please!), or enter the monastery where you may enter the impressive church with its marble arches. At the gate to the monastery there is a shop where they sell excellent self-produced wines, Liqours, Brandy, Olive-oil, honey, olives, and a small selection of religious souvenirs.
The wine-shop is not open on Sundays but you may still purchase wines from the gas-station at Latrun junction near the monastery.

This is a great place for a detour from your set course

Visited July 2013
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Rishon Lezion
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

After the 6 days war we discovered this monastery and it is always a pleasure to visit it. The monks are producing delicious vine, olives and some other delicacies and if you go there in this perod of the year, you will find all around the way to there a lot of flowers, especially cyclamens

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“Beautiful Trapist Monastery”
Reviewed November 6, 2012

Monastery of the Silent Monks at Latrun. The site where the monastery of the silent monks
Latroon monastery also known as the monastery of silence was built on 1890 by the order of the Trapists, and this is their only monastery in Israel. The monastery lifestyle in based on simplicity and harmony with nature, and also on the vow of silence the monks took up themselves, hence the name- the monastery of silence. Vine, brandy, olive oil and other products of the Monastery can be purchased on site.
Ruins of crusaders castle is located on the top of the hill, above the monastery The view is quit charming.

Visited September 2012
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