The sim Monastery
The Monastery sim was built in July 2009 in the alpine-bavarian area of the Confederation of Democratic Simulator (CDS). This sim is composed of a mountainous landscape with a waterfall that ends in a lake. The inhabitants of the sims live in delightful cottages. Stone roads cross the sim through and allow to reach Alpine Meadow or Locus Amoenus. During the winter, it is possible to go skiing or ice skating. During the summer, it is pleasant to walk through the trees that mark the slopes of the sim. One can observe wild animals: an eagle, a wild goat. There are also domestic animals: cows, pigs, chickens and rabbits.
The main attraction of the sim is the Monastery, which gave it its name. The Monastery whose building is a former monastery is a place devoted to spirituality, wisdom and knowledge transfer from Antiquity to the Middle Ages. The Monastery is now a secular place. It features exhibitions on various themes or displays works of art. It also offers a virtual library devoted to ancient manuscripts.
The building of the Monastery offers beautiful surprises to the visitor a pleasant courtyard with a fountain, a chapel, a crypt below the library and a tower with a beautiful bell. It seems that a ghost lives in this tower. If you come to visit the Monastery, you may meet it. Take time to discover the Monastery. The aim of this page is to help your visit.
The courtyard of the Monastery is the welcome place. The visitors can sit on the benches and relax. They can also meet Hildegard, the hen of the Monastery.
The meeting room
A meeting room is available into the Monastery. It is mainly used for the management of the institution. It is nevertheless open to anyone who asks, as long as it fits the goals of the Monastery.
The Chapel of the Monastery is the place where are usually held the exhibitions.
The Library offers texts of the public domains related to the exhibitions hosted in the Monastery. It presents also the transmission of knowledge from the Antiquity to the Middle Age. The visitors can sit in the scriptorium, the place where monks have copied manuscripts.
One of the most important activities of monastery was the production of food. Monks have even made a lot of innovations in this domain. They have created and improved many kinds of cheese or beverages. The visitor can see an alembic and some barrels.
The stairs of the Fuller Tower
The Fuller Tower is a remain of the former Monastery. Samantha Fuller has built it. She also made the stairs system of both towers, the Fuller Tower and the Main Tower of the Monastery.
At the base of the tower, the visitors can access a panoramic terrace. From this place, they can have an amazing view on the surrounding: the cascade, the castle of Neufreistadt, the roman city of Colonia Nova and its suburbs extra moenis of Locus Amoenus.
The secret cabinet
“Cum de unius moribus iudicabis, de publicis cogita.”
This inscription comes from an essay of the roman philosopher, Seneca: On Anger (De Ira, 2, 31). Here is the translation:
“When you are about to pass judgement on one single man’s character, reflect upon the general mass.”
(Translation: John W. Basore. The Loeb Classical Library. London: W. Heinemann, 1928-1935. 3 vols.: Volume I)
Under the roof of the Tower there are some cages for doves.
The artworks and the objects that are not displayed in the current exhibitions are in the ceiling.