Gardens

Period: gothic

Garden spaces were found in a surprising number of areas within the abbey’s enclosure. These include: the great cloister and small cloister; the area to the east of the church and eastern claustral range; the angle between the infirmary and the guest house, and at least from the seventeenth century, in the zone to the west of the commendatory abbot’s house. Archaeologically, we have identified medieval and early modern garden levels in the great cloister and the garden area east of the church for the Gothic period, but palynological and paleobotanical tests were inconclusive and we do not know for certain either garden’s function. In the seventeenth century, these spaces were transformed into decorative and contemplative gardens as the Barbaran engraving reveals.