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Also within the compound is an area of cultivated ground where the women grow food. The adobe cells have various designated functions, including a shrine, and some of them have bands of geometric decoration that heighten the buildings’ resemblance to huge ceramic vessels. When someone dies in one of the sleeping rooms, the corpse is removed not by the normal ways of access, but by breaking a hole in the compound’s exterior wall, which is repaired afterwards. This is done to prevent death from entering the living realm.
The enormous parade ground was known as the Culture-Defining Monuments Zeppelin Field. Across one end of it was an area of raked seating with the speakers’ podium in the centre, modelled on the configuration of the finely sculpted altar from Pergamon, an ancient Greek city in modern-day Turkey. ) Speer gathered together 134 anti-aircraft searchlights and arranged them at intervals of 13 metres (43 feet) around the parade ground, pointing vertically into the air. After dark the searchlights were illuminated and their beams gave onlookers the impression of being in a staggeringly large cathedral with a ceiling that soared towards the heavens.
Adherence to the Rule spread particularly under the influence of St Bernard in the twelfth century, and by the beginning of the thirteenth century there were 500 Cistercian communities. In contrast to the monasteries that continued under the influence of Cluny, which could be richly decorated, Cistercian abbeys were plain and severe. Le Thoronet was typical in this respect, but unusual in being built entirely of stone. Not only the church but also the cloister and the subsidiary buildings all had stone vaults, so there is a remarkable uniformity about the spaces, especially now that the furnishings have been removed.