Photo of the Week!

F 1.8; 1/840; ISO 400; 26mm.

Shot at the Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Crozet, Virginia.

Merry Christmas!  This week’s photo comes from the inside of a chapel at a Trappistine Monastery — the Our Lady of the Angels Monastery, Virginia to be specific — located in the heart of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains.  Founded in 1989, it’s a relatively new establishment, and that’s reflected in its minimalist architectural style.  There are lots of clean lines, bright white and sparsely decorated walls, and soft pastel colors in the stained glass windows.  It’s a peaceful (and picturesque) place for worship.

The Trappists who live here prize self-sufficiency and rely on strenuous manual labor.  To this end, the sisters of the Our Lady of the Angels Monastery produce and sell Gouda cheese.  On the grounds, it’s not uncommon to see signs like this one…

How do you know you’re at a working monastery?  You can buy homemade cheese!

It’s a neat place!

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