Visual Timeline: Medieval Monastery

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330 CE - 379 CE: Life of Basil Great, one of the founding fathers of the Eastern Christian Church and Byzantine Monasteries.
480 CE - 543 CE: Life of Saint Benedict of Nursia, founder of the Benedictine order and European monasticism.
635 CE: Lindisfarne monastery in Northumbria is founded by the Irish missionary Aidan.
700 CE - 715 CE: Lindisfarne Gospels created in Britain.
708 CE: Traditional founding date of Mont-Saint-Michel, France.
800 CE: The Book of Kells is produced in Ireland.
883 CE: A decree by Byzantine emperor Basil I is the first recorded evidence of a monastery on Mount Athos.
910 CE: The Benedictine monastery of Cluny Abbey in Burgundy France is founded.
963 CE: The Great Lavra monastery on Mount Athos is founded by Saint Athanasios.
1036 CE: The Benedictine Vallombrosa Abbey near Florence is founded.
1098 CE: The Cistercian order is founded.
1164 CE - 1170 CE: Thomas Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury, lives in exile in a monastery in France.
1536 CE: Henry VIII of England and Thomas Cromwell push a bill through Parliament which begins the Dissolution of the Monasteries in England and Wales.
1539 CE: Parliament passes an act to close all monasteries in England and Wales regardless of size.
1540 CE: Waltham Abbey in Essex is the last monastery to close in England.
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