This house full of delight,
Built upon the rock
And indeed the true vine
Transplanted out of Egypt
Antiphonary of Bangor, 7th Century
Origin of Monasticism
Egyptian Temple Layout
The layout of the ancient Egyptian temple comprised three main divisions. First the outer gate flanked with two lofty pylons led into an open court lined by two rows of columns with a narrow stone roofing. Edit this clipped text
Secondly, beyond that huge quadrangle devoted to general worshippers, was the hypostyle. This space was filled with crowded columns in close rows supporting a massive stone roof and reserved for the royal family and the aristocracy.
The third section at the end of the temple was a dimly lit chamber, wrapped in great mystery. This was the inner shrine, the "sanctum sanctorum", or holy of holies, where the deity resided, and which was accessible only to the high priest or pharaoh.
which may still be witnessed in some of the historic chapels of the ancient convents.
that shares many features with early Irish monasteries. The difference is this monastery survives to the present day.
Layout and book satchels identical to Irish monasteries