Gothic Convent and Cloister

Gothic Convent and Cloister of San Francisco, Morella, Spain,

XIV Century

(Wikipedia Source, Cloister) A cloister (from Latin claustrum, “enclosure”) is a rectangular open space surrounded by covered walks or open galleries, with openarcades on the inner side, running along the walls of buildings and forming a quadrangle or garth. The attachment of a cloister to acathedral or church, commonly against a warm southern flank,[1] usually indicates that it is (or once was) part of a monastic foundation, “forming a continuous and solid architectural barrier… that effectively separates the world of the monks from that of the serfs and workmen, whose lives and works went on outside and around the cloister.

Cloistered (or claustral) life is also another name for the life of a monk or nun in the enclosed religious orders; the modern English termenclosure is used in contemporary Catholic church law[2] to mean cloistered, and cloister is sometimes used as a metonymic synonym for monastery.

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