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Mount St. Benedict, Trinidad

This is a sketch of Mount St. Benedict, Trinidad north of the UWI St. Augustine Campus that I did earlier this year. The building stands out against the lush, green hillsides overlooking the central plains of Trinidad. This Benedictine Monastic community is the largest and oldest in the Caribbean. It was established in 1912 by monks fleeing Brazil’s attempt to take over their land.

The Abbey of Mount St. Benedict, established in 1912, is a functioning monastery in a spectacular location in the mountains of the Northern Range. From below one sees, 800 feet up the mountainside, an informal grouping of buildings with beige walls and red tile roofs dominated by a tall campanile. The monastery began as a place of refuge for monks escaping civil unrest in Brazil, its first building a simple mud and grass ajoupa. The community is now a sizable complex, designed and constructed by Brother Gabriel Mokveld, primarily between 1938 and 1956. It includes a farm, an apiary, a school, and a rehabilitation center.

Crain, Edward E. Historic Architecture in the Caribbean Islands. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 1994.


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