The Claustral Ranges

A monastery's claustral buildings, arranged around three sides of the cloister, create the architectural frame within which the daily life of the community unfolds. The ranges typically contain not only purely functional spaces like the kitchen and dormitory proper, but also rooms that contained both ritual and mundane activities like the sacristy, chapter room and refectory. The ranges also contain a number of doors that link them to the cloister and several passages that link the claustral core to the garden, forecourt and other areas of the monastic site.