Poblet Monastery Cloister Garden

Josep M. Mallarach

It is appropriate to finish by recalling (…) the essential coincidence in symbolism and functionality between Christian cloister gardens and the Moorish Chah-Bagh. Here we have another example of the links in the essential dimensions based on the artistic and natural beauty of these indoor gardens that unite the World’s two main religions. These gardens are ideal places to enjoy a profound sense of peace and to contemplate—two qualities that the world today is in need of perhaps more than ever.

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This paper is an improved version of a previous Spanish paper published in Paisajes Culturales del Mediterráneo y Oriente Medio (MED-O-MED).