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The ones that often form a quadrangle, and often have like an arch-covered walkway all the way around. The quadrangle formed BY the buildings is called the cloisters, but is there a “technical” name for the actual buildings, where the monks live? This would apply to Catholic or Orthodox monasteries.

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    tichur
    August 4, 2011 at 2:12 am

    dormitory…dormitories

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    Elizabeth
    August 4, 2011 at 2:14 am

    Monastery glossary.

    cloister
    A covered walkway surrounding an open courtyard. It connects the various domestic areas within a monastic building, and is also used for meditation and reading.

    dorter
    A monastic dormitory.

    frater
    A monastic dining room or refectory.

    lavatorium
    A room or building in a monastery where monks wash before meals.

    night stair
    A staircase used by monks to enter a church directly from their dormitory in order to attend late night and early morning services.

    reredorter
    A monastic toilet.

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    Rhys D
    August 4, 2011 at 2:48 am

    dorters

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    favteacher
    August 4, 2011 at 3:22 am

    Cells

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    pepgurli
    August 4, 2011 at 3:44 am

    I believe it is technically called a cell

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