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Polish nuns selling carp to pay for building restoration

ImageNuns at the 13th century abbey in Staniatki, near Krakow, have been rearing carp in two ponds within the grounds of the convent over the last year.

“The buildings require a thorough renovation, otherwise they could collapse,” Mother Superior Stefania Polikowska revealed in an interview with Polish Radio.

Carp is a staple dish on the Polish Christmas table, and Stefania Polikowska says that mercifully, the telephone is now ringing constantly with orders for the fish.

Besides carp farming, the sisters are also selling vegetables, flowers and cakes.

Just eighteen nuns currently live at the convent, which was founded in 1228.

The church of St Mary and St Adalbert, which was completed in 1238, is the oldest hall church (a church with nave and side aisles of equal height) in Poland.

December 17, 2012 - Posted by | News | , ,

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