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The Sacred Garden @ The Monastery

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by Jenny Rossiter (subscribe)
Writer, photographer, educator, explorer of places new, with a passion for adding fun back into life.
Published February 22nd 2015
Walk in rushed and stroll out refreshed
The Sacred Garden
Welcome to The Sacred Garden

Are you looking for a place of peace and tranquillity? Succumb to the allure of The Sacred Garden, inside the grounds of The Monastery at Urrbrae.

Easter is the perfect time to schedule a slow-paced stroll around these beautiful gardens with their marble statues. You cannot help but be captivated by the perfection of the half life-sized statues depicting the Stations of the Cross. These significant works of art were crafted in Tuscany, Italy. They are made from the same Carrara marble as Michaelangelo's David. Fourteen tableaus of figures adorn the garden and tell the story of Christ's journey to the hill of Calvary.

Follow the winding brick path from statue to statue and absorb the impact of the Easter story in the peace and serenity of the beautiful Monastery garden. Guides are available by appointment to share their greater depth of knowledge of these beautiful carvings.

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Jesus is condemned to death.
The first tableau in The Sacred Garden

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Sunlight and shadow in The Sacred Garden

The Travelling Statues
Each carving travelled in a specially crafted crate with wooden supports for the heads, hands and feet of the figures. They travelled from Tuscany, Italy to Sydney, Australia by ship and it took a couple of years for the fourteen Stations of the Cross to arrive. The intricate carving of each statue took 6-8 months and they were shipped in groups, in their special protective crates. By Good Friday in 1955, they had all arrived in Australia.

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A majestic fig features in The Sacred Garden

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Simon helps Jesus carry the Cross
Tableau 5 in The Sacred Garden

Originally commissioned by the Australian Passionists for their Novitiate Monastery in Goulburn, NSW in 1955, the statues resided there until the sale of this property in 1974. The statues were passed on to the Sisters of Mercy until they also left Goulbourn in 2000. Plans were then made for the statues to travel to South Australia, where they now reside at The Monastery at Glen Osmond. An opening ceremony was conducted on Good Friday 2003. Two thousand people attended, recognizing the work that had gone into repairing the statues and developing the garden, gates and paving.

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The tree fern walk in The Sacred Garden

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A cobblestone path in The Sacred Garden

Easter is more than a four day escape from the trials of work. It offers extra unscheduled time into our busy pre-booked lives to get outside, breathe sweet garden scents, wander new paths. It is a chance to live slow. It is a chance to explore the origin of this holiday. You can do all of these things at The Sacred Garden at Glen Osmond.

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Jesus dies on the Cross
Station 12 in The Sacred Garden

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The Monastery

The Sacred Garden is recognised by The National Trust of South Australia as having historic heritage significance.

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Why? Find time to slow down and explore the meaning of Easter
When: Open 9am to 5pm, 7 days a week
Phone: (08) 8379 3681
Where: 15 Cross Road, Glen Osmond
Cost: Free
Your Comment
A lovely garden; I like that the statues can be moved about.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12626) 2471 days ago
This garden looks beautiful. A place to feel refreshed and at peace.
by Seafarrwide (score: 3|1916) 2090 days ago
Lovely story Jenny, I didn't know about this before. Do you know if they allow weddings in the garden/function centre? I'm a Celebrant - it would be a beautiful setting.
by diana (score: 1|28) 2150 days ago
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