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Cloister of Saint Trophimus, in Arles, France

A Cloister is part of cathedral's and abbey's architecture. A cloister consists usually of four corridors, with a courtyard or quad in the middle.

Cloisteral life is another name for the life of a monk or nun. Thus, cloister is sometimes used as a synonym for monastery.

See also: The Cloisters, one of the museums of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

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