Traveling the world has its perks, including learning the ins and outs of architecture. One of the things I've been able to learn while in Europe is the term "cloister." Cloisters are covered walkways, usually for monks.
Many catholic churches in Europe that have cloisters attached to different usually means that they used to be monasteries for monks. This is fascinating because cloisters were meant to protect the religious and royalty from the outside world. I can't imagine having to walk under covered walkways for the rest of my life, with barely any fresh air!
As seen here, many cloisters had windows that allowed natural light in
Cloisters can also be found inside European catholic churches
“Cloisters were meant to protect”
These ancient fortresses definitely had cloisters within the walls
Even buildings like the House of Parliament have cloisters
Cloisters allowed for easy movement between buildings
It's hard to imagine going through modern life in covered walkways!