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A cloister is a courtyard surrounded by corridors and galleries and is usually located in abbeys, convents and monasteries. It is used to develop the surrounding monastery and convent buildings. The open yard area was often used as a garden or cemetery. Elements include arcades, arches, and a well/cistern. Cloisters often served as a burial place for the canons. (Legler, Rolf: Der Kreuzgang, ein Bautypus des Mittelalters. Verlag Peter Lang, Frankfurt)