The Eastern Range: The Dorter Block

Saint-Jean's eastern claustral range was demolished between 1826 and 1840, probably in ca.1830. Today we know its plan and elevation only from excavation and from old views like those of Barbaran and Bonhomme. As is common in many monastaries, the ground floor contained (moving from north to south) the armarium (or treasury) and sacristy, the chapter room, a passage to the gardens east of the range, and the canons' room. The second story contained the canons' dormitory that was probably accessed during the daytime by a staircase in the passage and at nighttime by a staircase in the south transept arm of the church. Attached at right angles to the southern angles to the southern end of the range was the latrine building.