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阅读 Lesson 8:A famous monastery

来源:yingyudiandixue    发布时间:2019-07-10 18:24:09


The Great St Bernard Pass connects Switzerlandto Italy. At 2470 metres, it is the highest mountain pass in Europe. The famous monastery(修道院 of St Bernard, which was founded in the eleventh century, lies about a mile away. For hundreds of years, St Bernard dogs have saved the lives of travellers crossing the dangerous Pass. These friendly dogs, which were first brought from Asia, were used as watch-dogs even in Roman times. Now that a tunnel(隧道 has been built through the mountains,the Pass is less dangerous, but each year, the dogs are still sent out into the snow whenever a traveller is in difficulty(遇到困难). Despite the new tunnel, there are still a few people who rashly(冒险地) attempt to cross the Pass on foot.


During the summer months, the monastery is very busy, for it is visited by thousands of people who cross the Pass in cars, As there are so many people about, the dogs have to be kept in a special enclosure(围栏). In winter, however, life at the monastery is quite different. The temperature(温度) drops to -30 and very few people attempt to cross the Pass. The monks(修道士 Prefer winter to summer for they have more privacy(无人打扰的生活). The dogs have greater freedom, too, for they are allowed to wander(游荡 outside their enclosure. The only regular visitors to the monastery in winter are parties of skiers who go there at Christmas and Easter. These young people, who love the peace of the mountains, always receive a warm.


Welcome at St Bernard's monastery.



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