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What is a cloister? Medieval architecture

By |2019-04-10T15:41:16-07:00July 30th, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|

Cloister at Moissac (ca. 1100 AD, southern France) Where do cloisters come from? Cloisters were a medieval kind of building that developed out of Greek and then Roman peristyles. What is a peristyle? More medieval architecture All our medieval Europe articles What is a cloister? A cloister is a courtyard garden inside a building. [...]

What is a peristyle? Greek architecture

By |2017-07-02T01:15:33-07:00July 2nd, 2017|Architecture, Greeks|

Peristyle in the House of the Vettii (Pompeii, 79 AD) A peristyle is a courtyard with a covered walkway all the way around it, with columns holding up the ceiling so you can see out into the garden. Peri means "around" and style means "column", so a peristyle is a place with columns [...]