il chiostro

Today’s Parola del Giorno is the noun il chiostro, which means cloister. 

According to Wikipedia, a cloister is “(from Latin claustrum, ‘enclosure’) is a covered walk, open gallery, or open arcade running along the walls of buildings and forming a quadrangle or garth.”

My favorite and most memorable are the cloisters of Monreale (see picture below). You can also find a similar structure in Cefalù, but the arcade is not as well preserved. Do you know of any others? 🙂

See the noun used below:

Siete mai stati a vedere i chiostri di Monreale in Sicilia? Si trovano un po’ fuori Palermo ma sono da vedere! Tutti i capiteli sono decorati con scene bibliche, allegorie e motivi fiorati.

Have you ever been to see the Cloisters of Monreale in Sicily? They are a bit outside Palermo, but they are worth seeing! All the capitals are decorated with biblical scenes, allegories, and floral motifs.

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You can also see the intricate detail of the capitals in this photo below: