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The Convent: location
The present structure, spanning some 1,500 square metres, is the result of the union of two previously separate parts : the church and the convent. The approach is via a short cypress-lined avenue fronting the porch of the church which is large and rectangular in shape, it is stone-built like the handsome belfry embellishing the extreme left side of the building.

The single-nave church, is flanked by four gesso-built altars, two on each of the longer sides, added during the restoration that took place during the 1700s. The presbytery has a square ground plan, it is defined by four pillars on which stand four rounded arches, above which stands a flat dome adorned by a series of concentric decorative motives painted with shapes of small clouds and little angels. These themes are in keeping with the eighteenth century pictorial tradition at the time of that restoration rather than the more sober style prevalent when the original outside structure was built in late fifteenth century. Beyond the presbytery is the quire, once covered with a barrel vault, but today covered with an octagonal shaped glass structure. The church has natural light through large windows placed high up on the longer sides, this is supplemented by a suitably up to date lighting scheme. Two large wooden trusses hold the pitched roof structure. Larch wood covers the floor of the church.

From the outside the Convent looks like a very simple rectangular structure articulated around the central cloister on the inside. The long internal corridors adjacent to the internal cloister are also typical of the monastic building tradition. They are covered by barrel vaults and crossed vaults at the corners. At intervals of about two metres there are load-bearing arches which form a sustaining ribcage for the vault. The recent extensive restoration completely preserves the original atmosphere of the convent, while providing every amenity to the highest modern standard.