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Cogita Tute


I must confess that I like libraries, private libraries, public libraries, or off-limits libraries such as the one shown here. I simply like books, better still, I love books.

Here, one is allowed to look at rows of precious books but not to touch, let alone read them. In the old days, the monks at this monastery were allowed to read the books, but not to borrow, or else they would have been ex-communicated by the sanctities, whoever that might have been at the time in question.

Cogita Tute – think for yourself. I think I probably would have made a rather bad monk in bygone days, or come to think of it, at any time, then or now.

I took the photo in the Ermita de Valldemossa, part of the Museo de la Cartoixa. Most people think of this place as the venue where Frédérick Chopin and his consort, George Sand, spent that famous Winter of 1838/39 in a damp and stark former monk’s cell. Yet this place has much more to offer than just the Chopin shrine. From the 16th to the 19th century, the building used to be a Carthusian monastery, founded by disciples of Sant Bruno. Prior to that, the building was the Palau del Rei Sanxo, a palace for the King of Mallorca, built in the 14th century by Rey Jaime II for his son, who later became Rey Sancho. Now would be a good time to visit this place as now, out of season, you can look at everything in your own time, without the usual hassle by coach loads full of tourists.

Opening hours during the Winter are Monday to Saturday, 09h30 to 15h00. Admission comes at 8.50 € for adults and 4 € for children and students. Youngsters under the age of 10 are free of charge. There is even a free piano concert of Valses and Nocturnes by the very Chopin himself included in the admission fee, performed by the very able Carlos Bonnet. These 15 minute performances are scheduled during January at 11h45, 13h00 and 14h00, and at 11h30, 14h00 and 15h45 during February. Enjoy.

The photo was taken in Valldemossa, Mallorca, Spain. The date: January 7th, 2009. The time was 13:46:00.

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