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The Cistercians

The Cistercians

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In 1098, Robert of Molesme founded, in a place called Cistels, his New Monastery. After difficult beginnings the Order of Cistercians, with the impetus of Stephen Harding, then of Bernard of Clairvaux, expanded rapidly across the whole of Europe and as far as the Near East to attain, in 1250, six hundred and fifty abbeys. Aroused by the will to return to the traditions of the Benedictine Rule, the Cistercians, in addition to an economic and political role, were to have at that time a considerable influence in the fields of spirituality, theology and art...


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