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Standing in a doorway with the convent cat, a nun leaves the kitchen after lunch is prepared at Val Mustair, a world-famous Benedictine Convent. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, founded in the 8th Century, the cloistered religious community has been home to Benedictine nuns since the 12th Century in the mountains of Switzerland. Eleven nuns make their home behind closed walls, living a life of commitment to poverty and celibacy. Each nun has her work and they come together for prayer and meals.

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