Australia'a only Monastic Town
Trip Start Jul 25, 2012
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The road to New Norcia meandered around the countryside; a sudden change to the rhapsody of the views the ocean and its ever changing beauty awed.
The countryside was now filled with lush green fields, sheep grazing, trees, and the occasional wildflower adorning the roadside.
On 1 March 1846, a Benedictine mission to the local aborigines was started about 8 km to the north, led by the two Spanish Benedictines, Rosendo Salvado and Joseph Serra.
Within a year the mission was moved to where the town is today, and on 1
March 1847 the foundation stone of the monastery was laid
was named New Norcia, after Norcia in Italy, the birthplace of St Benedict. Unlike the Italian Norcia, which is pronounced "nor-chee-a", New Norcia is pronounced "new nor-sia".
New Norcia is divided by the main road which runs through the town.
One side has the hotel built in 1927, the old Convent, Colleges, Museum and Art Gallery and the Gift shop and an Education centre. The other side has the Monastery Chapel, Abbey Church, Monastery Guesthouse, The Monastery and the Bakery.
There are guided tours twice a day, for which they ask $30, and another $20 to visit the Museum, I thought if I wanted to see old stuff I could get my kicks by just looking in the mirror...I did however want to buy a bottle of their famous olive oil but that too was over the top at $25 for a very small bottle so, I bought a loaf of New Norcia bread instead, made myself some lunch and drove on to Toodyay.