The Stove of Secrets
Much safer and more efficient than a fireplace or a hearth, this heating device was fed with a type of fuel readily available to our congregation: wood. At the turn of the 20th century, we installed a central heating system. But the stoves, including the last one on display here, were used for more than just heating the Monastery in the dead of winter. They were also used to burn various items, like the sacred objects that could not be thrown in the trash, or confidential documents, to protect secret information.