The design for the great new monastery

The new building was designed with enormous dimensions. It was to symbolise the order’s power from a social, economic and political point of view, as well as the prestige of the monks’ close ties with the viceregal court and local nobility.
Due to this mania for greatness the Benedictines never completed the monastery (of the four cloisters they built only two) or the church, which was left with an unfinished façade.