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Origin: Nigeria
Region Origin: Western Africa

An abbey is a type of monastery used by members of a religious order under the governance of an abbot or abbess, providing a complex of buildings and land for religious activities, work, and housing of Christian monks and nuns. The term "abbey" has its origins in the Middle English words "abbey" and "abbeye," which are derived from Old French words "abaïe," "abbaïe," "abeïe," and "abbeïe". These words ultimately come from Late Latin or Ecclesiastical Latin "abbātia" and Classical Latin "abbās" (meaning "abbot"). Abbeys can be the home of an enclosed religious order or may be open to visitors, and they often follow a set plan determined by the order's rules and guidelines. They can be self-sufficient, using any abundance of produce or skill to provide care to the persecuted, refuge to the persecuted, education to the young, or accommodation to those seeking spiritual retreat. Some famous abbeys can be found across the Mediterranean Basin and Europe.

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