The old abandoned monastery
The old abandoned monastery

The old abandoned monastery

The old abandoned monastery

Sex, priests and legal proceedings

The monastery was built at the beginning of the 20th century. Situated on a mountainside so as to offer occupants a breathtaking view of the area that extends to their feet, the site is still 100 years later of great beauty. Three floors high, the original construction had the shape of a "U".

Over the years, a new wing will be added to the growing needs of this religious community very involved in the community.

Maybe even too involved, by the way. At the turn of the millennium, legal action will be taken against the sexual abuses that the priests have inflicted on the residents of the seminary under their responsibility. The alleged acts occurred between 1960 and 1987 and are aimed at nine priests who are accused of sexual assault.

The lawsuit stretched over several years and the community will finally be condemned to pay ten million dollars to the 80 victims, not without having tried, in vain, to hide this money.

Today the monastery is empty. Its last occupants, another religious community left the premises around 2008. Since then, the site has been sold to a European group that now wants to sell it off ... for a second time.

Difficult to say who could occupy such a particular building. The rooms are tiny, the renovations to be done are numerous, the wings are labyrinthine and the site is difficult to access. A home for the elderly, maybe.

Until then, the current owners will have to carry out some emergency works to keep the value of the building high ... At least, the alarm system keep the vandals away.

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