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Two hours north of Perth and another world opens up before you and a piece of old Spain in the Australian bush. For 160 years Benedictine monks have lived a simple life of prayer at New Norcia. Their town is also a place of extraordinary architecture, richly decorated interiors, European and contemporary Australian art, church bells, olive groves, Nyoongar Aboriginal culture and Mediterranean food. New Norcia is the only monastic town in Australia and one of the country's most important heritage sites. The monks invite you to discover New Norcia for yourself. The best way to explore New Norcia is on a guided town tour which allows visitors to see behind closed doors, hear stories from the last 160 years. Visit the monk's own chapel within the monastery, the Abbey Church and beautifully frescoed College Chapels, not otherwise accessible to the public. Lose yourself for an hour in the Museum and Art Gallery where European religious art in the grand style hangs alongside contemporary Australian religious art. The Museum contains one of the finest collections of moveable heritage in Australia including gifts from the Queen of Spain and a fascinating array of artefacts. Meet a Monk in the Monastery Parlour for a taste of monastic hospitality and the opportunity to ask questions. Experience a 1500 year-old tradition and join the monks for prayer in their private chapel six times daily, or at Mass in the Holy Trinity Abbey Church. Accommodation and meals are available at the New Norcia Hotel. For those seeking to quietly share in the rhythms and routines of the monks, the Monastery Guesthouse offers simple accommodation and meals. The Old Convent and Colleges can be hired for groups of 15-200 and are ideal for school camps, art and music workshops, retreats, conferences and special events.

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