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    Britannica Online
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      Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc.
    • Abstract:
      group of buildings housing a monastery or convent, centred on an abbey church or cathedral, and under the direction of an abbot or abbess. In this sense, an abbey consists of a complex of buildings serving the needs of a self-contained religious community. The term abbey is also used loosely to refer to priories, smaller monasteries under a prior. In England since the dissolution of the monasteries under Henry VIII, all that remains in many cases is the abbey church, now simply called an abbey; Westminster Abbey is the best-known example.
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      Abbey. Britannica Online, [s. l.], [s. d.]. Disponível em: Acesso em: 29 set. 2020.
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      Abbey. Britannica Online. Accessed September 29, 2020.
    • APA:
      Abbey. (n.d.). Britannica Online.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      “Abbey.” 2020. Britannica Online. Accessed September 29.
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      ‘Abbey’ (no date) Britannica Online. Available at: (Accessed: 29 September 2020).
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      ‘Abbey’ n.d., Britannica Online, viewed 29 September 2020, .
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      “Abbey.” Britannica Online. EBSCOhost, Accessed 29 Sept. 2020.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      “Abbey.” Britannica Online. Accessed September 29, 2020.
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      Abbey. Britannica Online [Internet]. [cited 2020 Sep 29]; Available from: