Monday is laundry day at Val Mustair. Nuns working to hang clothes to dry in the sun are reflected in windows overlooking the Christian convent courtyard. A world-famous Benedictine Convent and a UNESCO World Heritage Site founded in the 8th century, the convent is home to Benedictine nuns since the 12th Century. Eleven make their home behind closed walls, living a life of commitment to poverty and celibacy. Each nun has her work but they come together for prayer and meals. Eleven of the nuns who live there speak a variation of the Romanche language.
- MELISSA FARLOW
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- Alps_National Geographic magazine 2/2006