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The Chapel of Trappist Haven Monastery - Lantau Island 大嶼山熙篤會神樂院教堂
Hong Kong

熙篤會聖母神樂院於1951年落成,是香港唯一中世紀建築模式的天主教隱修院。悠久的歷史加上寧靜的環境,使它成為獨一無二的大嶼山旅遊點。沿海岸經過長沙欄村,走上山腰小徑,很快便來到大水坑的柏油路,在兩旁標記著耶穌受難故事的十字架伴隨下,緩緩上走至熙篤會聖母神樂院。這所神樂院始建於1951年,位處偏遠,頗有隱世修道的味道。內有長方型教堂、花園及宿舍平房,並曾在此出產十字牌牛奶,成為不少香港人的一點回憶。探遊時教堂內正進行彌撤,不便騷擾,因此沒有入內參觀,只探遊昔日的牛房了,和尋找十字奶的蹤影。神樂院以石塊建成,具有歐洲鄉郊中古時代建築的風格。建在小花園內的聖母亭採用中式的亭台樓閣的設計,充分展現中西文化的交融。小教堂內的屋頂髹上獨特的粉綠色,配合採光的設計,營造明亮的空間感。教堂後方則建有木製陽台,容納更多教友同時參與彌撒。著名的「十字牌」牛奶是由神樂院出品。後來牛欄遷往位於新界西北部的元朗,現在的牛奶來自國內,並在元朗入瓶。 位於大嶼山愉景灣以南深山中,隱藏著一座修道院──「熙篤會聖母神樂院」。因國內政局動蕩,1951年神樂院輾轉由河北省遷徒至香港大嶼山大水坑。1956年,神樂院正式開幕。院內建有聖母亭、花園、小橋、教堂、苦路、魚池、田園、工場、宿舍等。院中隱修士奉行苦行修道的生活。早期為維持經費,出產聞名香港的「十字牌牛奶」(牛舍現已荒廢,廠房也遷至深圳),而神父的「手製曲奇餅」,仍然廣受歡迎。The Trappist Haven Monastery (Traditional Chinese:熙篤會神樂院 or 聖母神樂院) is a monastery at Tai Shui Hang (Chinese: 大水坑), on Lantau Island, Hong Kong. It is home to a number of Roman Catholic monks of the Cistercian Order of the Strict Observance, or Trappists. It adopted its new, official name Our Lady of Joy Abbey on January 15, 2000.The monastery is famous for producing the Trappist milk (known as Cross Milk 十字牌牛奶 or Priest Milk 神父牌牛奶 by Hong Kongers). The factory, however, is now located at Castle Peak, Yuen Long; and the cow farm is said to have been moved to mainland China.

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