A large monastery is an Abbey headed by an Abbot or an abbess.
Once upon a time, there was an abbess in a small abbey.
The abbey was founded by a Norman monk who came over with William the Conqueror in 1066 and became a bishop.
Seiji Uchida, 48, who lost the ability to walk in a car accident 27 years ago, said he has long dreamed of visiting the picturesque abbey of Mont Saint - Michel, set on a rocky islet in Normandy.
Beside the River Wye, Tintern Abbey was the richest monastic foundation in Wales. This made it a tempting prize for Henry VIII during the Dissolution of the Monasteries.
The abbey was a maze of multistory wings, each added in a differing century, the architecture conspiring to create a jumbled complex that now housed four hundred brothers.
In 1191, monks claimed to have discovered the remains of Arthur and Guinevere at Glastonbury abbey.
On either side paintings, statuary, and scattered memorials recalled the abbey ’s past.
Justin Brown is an abbot at a Benedictine abbey that supplements its meagre income by making and selling simple wooden coffins.
There's no hard evidence abbey beers were actually brewed within the walls of a monastery.