Monastery of Sant Esteve de Banyoles

The chest room

View of one of the monastery dependencies  which today houses the Saint Martirià chest.

View of one of the monastery dependencies  which today houses the Saint Martirià chest.

The chest room today houses the Saint Martirià chest. The room is one of the religious dependencies that formed part of the Sant Esteve monastery.

The monastery is governed by the Rule of Saint Benedict and, like most monasteries of this order, the structure of the building is arranged to meet a set of domestic requirements. The Rule organises the life of the monks through three activities: manual work, Bible reading and divine office.

Inside the monastery, we may identify the refectory, the dormitory, the chapter house, the monks and abbot’s houses, the cellar, the larder, the barn, the stable, the kitchen and the porter’s lodge. In these dependencies, the monks were able to carry out practically all their activities while respecting their rules of monastic life.

In most monasteries, the chapter house is located to the east and the monks’ bedrooms are on the floor above. The rooms located south of the cloister, such as the chest room, include the dining rooms or refectories, the calefactory, the kitchen and the larder. Lstly, the rooms located to the west are given over to the monastery storerooms and cellars.

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<p>Detail of the front of the Saint Martiri&agrave; chest once it had been restored</p>
Saint Martirià chest
Saint Martirià chest
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