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St. Gall Monastery

by efolger997 Posted 16th Jul 2014 at 6:04 AM
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I'd wanted to build this monastery for about a year now, ever since I took art history last summer and saw the plan in my textbook, but I just now got around to it. Here is what my textbook says about it:

"Charlemagne turned to the Church to help stabilize his empire through religion and education. He looked most especially to Beneictine monks whom he called his 'cultural army.' Carolingian monks followed the Rule for Monasteries, written by St. Benedict of Nursia (c. 480-547), a set of practical guidelines for secluded communal life that outlined monastic vocation as a combination of work and prayer (liturgal services as well as private devotion). While contemplating how best to serve such a community, Abbot Haito of Reichenau developed, at the request of Abbot Gozbert of Sait Gall, a conceptual plan for the layout of monasteries. This extraordinary ninth-century drawing survives in the library of St. Gall and is known as the St. Gall plan. This is not a 'blueprint' in the modern sense, prepared to guide the construction of an actual monastery, but an intellectual record of Carolingian meditations on the nature of monastic life. It does, however, reflect the basic design used in the layout of medieval monasteries, an efficient and functional arrangement that continues to be used by Benedictine monasteries to this day."

- Art:A Brief History, fifth edition, Marilyn Stokstad and Michael W. Cothren

(the reprinted plan has been scanned and is attached below)

I didn't follow the plan exactly, partially because not everything would've fit on the lot anyway. In the center of the 64x64 lot is the sanctuary/cathedral which includes the nave, choir, sanctuary, altar, library, and scriptorium. In the basement of the cathedral are machines for winemaking. Right next to the cathedral is a pond with fish and the water wheel from the old mill set. To the right front of the lot, there is a barn for horses with six stalls. On the upper level there's hay bales and extra space for storage. Moving towards the back of the lot, there's another barn for cows from the store set, and on the upper level there's space for chickens. Further back there's a hall for dining and on the upper level there's a kitchen that includes the store's ovens for baking and canning, as well as the mill set's tea tables. In the back right corner of the lot there's the dormitory for the monks, with the lower level used for relaxation with a fire and skilling activities, as well as the restrooms/baths, and the upper level used for sleeping. Next to that is a small building for alchemy and magic and a building for sculpting and painting. Then there is a large herb garden, a small orchard, and a vegetable garden. The final building is a combination infirmary, hospice, and blodletting building.

I have set this lot as 'visitors allowed' so it can be a kind of community park or museum for Sims to tour and have fun at. However, you could change it to a residential lot and have monks or nuns live here. It's suitable for a medieval world but I think it could also work in a more modern world as a kind of museum.

Store Content
Brunch at the old mill
deliciously indulgent bakery
Milkin' it dairy corral
fowl and feathers chicken coop
Arch, door, tapestry, end table, and chair from dragon valley used
B. Harvard's Water Collection
tower of flower power

CC not included
big rose window by hekate999
stained glass window by hekate999
crucifixes and crosses by lisen801
hot beverage barrel by the merrye makers
the medieval kitchen part 1 by the merrye makers
medieval shower & chamber pot by the merrye makers

The lot size is 64x64.
The lot price is 290,214 furnished and 157,946 unfurnished.
Built with all expansion packs and High End Loft Stuff, Master Suite Stuff, Town Life Stuff, and Outdoor Living Stuff (though I can't think of an instance where I used anything from the stuff packs).

Lot Size: 64x64
Lot Price: 290,214

Custom Content Included:
- Cathedral spiral stairs by [email protected]
- Ostensory by [email protected]
- Incense burner by [email protected]
- Lectern by [email protected]
- Chalice by [email protected]
- Altar by [email protected]
- Tray with wineglasses by [email protected]
- Tray with bread by [email protected]
- Saucer with coins by [email protected]
- Pew bench by [email protected]
- Bible by [email protected]
- Decorative garlic by [email protected]
- Stone pattern 26 by [email protected]

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Number of bedrooms: Not Applicable
Custom Content Included: Build and Buy Mode Content
Furnishings: Fully Furnished
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Tags: #monastery, #convent, #medieval, #magic, #religion, #christianity, #church, #cathedral, #farm, #barn, #community, #garden