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The Charterhouse of Pleterje is a catholic monastery in which monks follow Christ in an exclusively contemplative life.

The monastery is not open to visitors. It is possible to visit the old gothic church and multivisual program about the Chartrehouse's history and the life of Carthusians. In the monastery shop, products of the Charterhouse are available for puchase.

The fathers live in their cells along the cloister, leaving them only at appointed hours of liturgy in choir or infrequent occasions of common recreation. The cell is actually a two-storied small house surrounded with its own, enclosed little garden. Downstairs is the workroom, furnished with tools necessary for work, for the fathers also perform manual labor in cell; upstairs there is an anteroom, called the “Ave Maria”, a small bathroom and bedroom (cubiculum) where the monk spends most of his time: here he prays, studies, eats and sleeps.

Food is received through a small window by the entrance twice a day – during winter-time only once, in the evening taking bread and beverage. The food is abundant and well prepared. Meat – except fish – is never eaten. Once a week – normally on Friday – monks have “abstinence”, when they take only bread and water. During Advent and Lent they also refrain from dairy products. Such fasting regulations usually require considerable sacrifice, though by no means are they harmful to one’s health. To the contrary, Carthusians frequently live to advanced old age.

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  • Copyright: Piotr FG (PiotrF) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 5821 W: 2 N: 11619] (54158)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2021-09-00
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2021-10-17 15:11
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