Inside the fence the monastery, beyond the gardens and garden apothecary, there were chicken hens and rabbit hutches that were used to feed the inhabitants of the monastery, in particular the white monks and converts, who worked on the farms. In the warren of Alcobaça, which stood on the right bank of the river near
William Beckford who visited Alcobaça in the late eighteenth century refers to exotic birds on a farm between Alcobaça and Pederneira (Nazaré). So it is quite possible that at this time, although no longer existed convert monks, there were cages and aviaries in the Monastery with songbirds and good plumage.
The scribes were choir monks that mostly prayed, but they would do some chores in the cloister of the Monastery “ora et labora” – prayer and daily work, one of the most difficult and painful was done by three or four white monks in the scriptorium, the only place in the medieval monastery that had
The workshops have always existed in their proper place, in particular inside the fence of the monastery, and having evolved along with the needs of the monastic community as there was a barber, carpenter, forges and millers along with the mills and their hydraulic presses, wine and olive oil, the latter beyond the farms around
From the late eighteenth century – when the current facade of the church of the Monastery was built – in front of the large building of the Library, concluded after the French invasion, were built three baroque fountains that bring water into the kitchen, a lake with a central obelisk and 4 mythological statues. This
Water has always been involved in the mystical meaning in liturgical acts in power, purification, cleaning and Nature. The Cistercian monks were experts in hydraulics, having left outstanding works behind. In this location they built water conduits (drinkable water), at source of the river Alcoa, that as of today still supplies the kitchen of the
In monasteries there used to be a mystical space – called Horto – designed to grow the plants mentioned in the Bible. Especially those that were assigned therapeutic qualities/medicinal, whose fruits, leaves and flowers were carefully collected by the monk apothecary later to be used in the preparation of infusions and natural medicines, which were