The Trapist monks are an order of monks who originated in France. They believe that "the spoken word" is holy and therefore should only be used for prayer or for minimum dialogue but not for idle conversation. They have taken oaths of silence except for those who need to stay in touch with the people around them. You can sit in the surrounding gardens for a light picnic, (no fires, Please!), or enter the monastery where you may enter the impressive church with its marble arches. At the gate to the monastery there is a shop where they sell excellent self-produced wines, Liqours, Brandy, Olive-oil, honey, olives, and a small selection of religious souvenirs.
The wine-shop is not open on Sundays but you may still purchase wines from the gas-station at Latrun junction near the monastery.
This is a great place for a detour from your set course
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