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Architecture - The Cloister

( Originally Published 1915 )



One outgrowth of the monastic system, and the men who loved the arts of peace, was the cloister. The cloister was an arcade or sheltered and covered passageway or walk, which ran around one or more sides of an interior area or garden. Most of them were attached to churches or monasteries, and many of them were built in the Romanesque era all over Europe; and in England. The architecture might be Gothic, or Romanesque, or something else.

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