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A Monastery Nativity Revisited

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When the ancient 12th Century Spanish Monastery of Our Lady, Queen of the Angels, was dismantled — stone by stone — and brought to Miami, so was this marble Nativity…

An encore of the beautiful sculpted relief panel to the accompaniment of melodious Gregorian Chant.


 
The cloister, pierced by arches supported on slender columns, provided the monks with a quiet space to walk and meditate. 
At first, it was Benjamin who asked to see more of St. Bernard de Clairvaux Ancient Spanish Monastery in North Miami Beach.

Then your emails started coming, including one from author James Govan, (Art & Faith of the Crèche: Nativities from Around the World), who writes, "What a jewel is that nativity relief panel you found for us in Florida, Alexis."

It seems that many of you are also captivated by The Visit of the Magi, a marvelous 17th century sculpted relief panel in Italian marble by an anonymous artist.

And, guess what — I don't seem to be able to get the Monastery Nativity out of my mind myself.

So I've spent a few pleasant hours creating this video of the Visit of the Magi panel. And I accompanied it with Gregorian Chant because, in the semi-darkness of the monastery Refectory, I thought I could almost hear distant voices echoing down the centuries.

Or, perhaps, the chant is accompanied by a pipe organ because I've been listening to my new friend, organ virtuoso François Debreuille at the keyboard.

I hope you'll enjoy this encore edition of the Monastery Nativity and a view of the cloister.

—Alexis

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