Sunday, June 21, 2009

New Norcia - 19th June 2009

I had heard of New Norcia before our trip, but had not seriously considered visiting the town, thinking that it was too far out of the way on the way to the Pinnacles. But sometimes, it's good to change plans...

What makes New Norcia unique and worth visiting is that it is the only Benedictine monastic town in Australia. As in, the town is completely owned and run by the monks. It's also a very old town, having been established in 1846 as an Aboriginal mission. The monks were originally mainly from Spain, with most of the buildings built in a beautiful Spanish style and twenty-seven of them heritage listed.

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