Monks’ refectory

Built in the 13th century, the imposing hall of the monks’ refectory (474 m²) was topped by two floors: the first may have served as an addition to the monks’ dormitory and the second, housing the roof structure, may have remained unoccupied. Lit by 11 large windows, the refectory was divided into two naves by a row of five columns, all topped by ribbed vaults. As the abbot often ate separately with the guests, it was the prior who presided over the meal after Benedicite. From the pulpit, a monk read  the Bible aloud while the monks ate in silence.