Nun and Cat with Christ Child Portrait

A nun carries a cat that slipped into the living quarters of the convent at Val Mustiar near Italy.<br />
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Val Mustiar is a world-famous Benedictine Convent of St. John, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The alpine monastery was founded by Charlemagne, was built in the 8th centruy, the church houses the world's richest and best preserved series of figuratives Romanesque murals with impressive Carolingian frescos..Since the 12th century the monastery is run by Benedictine nuns.  Eleven make their home behind closed walls, living a life of commitment to poverty and celebacy.  Each nun has her work and they come together for prayer and meals.The nuns speak a variation of the Romanche language. The dialect changes from valley to valley from Mustair to St. Moritz.