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This is my third post of Rievaulx Abbey and it shows a closer view of the south wall of the presbytery. Although the arches are uniform along the wall, this particular arch with steps is thought to have been the doorway for sick and elderly monks to enter the church from the near-by abbey infirmary.

Of course the church was the most important building of any abbey. The Cistercian monks at Rievaulx followed the rules of St. Benedict and worshipped in the church eight times daily. The times varied depending on the time of year, but in summer, the first service would have been at 2am and the last one at 8pm. In winter the first service would be at 3:30am and the last one at 6:15pm. The lay brothers, who did most of the manual work, were allowed to worship fewer times.

There is a complementary image in the WS

More information about Rievaulx Abbey can be found here and here

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