While the doors of churches are usually open to the public, this is not the case for every religious building. Behind the walls and doors of monasteries and convents, monks and nuns live out lives that are largely unseen and unknown in the outside world. This way of life often fascinates us, because it is so different from our ‘normal’ secular existence. The ‘Sacred Books’ project is designed to shed new and authentic light on this life behind closed doors.
The inhabitants of two active religious institutions - the English Convent and the Carmelite Convent in Bruges - are now prepared to welcome respectful visitors and allow them to see places that until now have only been accessible to the nuns themselves. Once you are inside, the door on the outside world closes behind you and a guide takes you on a short tour through different rooms in small groups of maximum 12 to 15 people. In this way, visitors can experience (and, of course, respect) the calming reality of the convent’s silence. During this tour, the guide tells the story of daily life in the convent, both in the past and in the present day.