Lay brothers’ building

The lay brothers’ building, built in the 13th century, consisted of a refectory, latrines and a large cellar (for storing provisions) on the ground floor and on the first floor, a large room which was used as a dormitory by the lay brothers. These lay brothers were part of the religious community but didn’t have the same status as the monks. They were an essential part of the work force in the fields and for certain administrative tasks. When they disappeared at the end of the Middle Ages, this wing was transformed into an infirmary.