Red brick hearth, encased in a wooden wall. Cemter: wood logs. At the left against the wall, tools for the fire and fireplace maintenance.


The First Monastery’s Fireplace

This fireplace is where Marie of the Incarnation would write her famous letters. Since then, the transmission of our collective memory takes place through our writings. From the very beginning, our sisters would compile and record the major events of each year in an album called the Annals. The first book was lost in a fire, but the oldest sisters oversaw its reproduction. With 375 years of history, the archives in the next rooms enrich and support our collective memory. But each sister has many more personal memories, stories and traditions to share with you. Just as I am sharing stories with you today.