The church and three conventual buildings enclose a small cloister. At both Craswall and Pinel, springs are located in the hillsides to the north and at Pinel, the system of conduits which carried water to the cloister lavabo, the kitchen and rere dorter have been exposed. Grandmontine cells are usually sited close to the quarry which supplied the build
ing stone. Pinel, however, was built entirely in the rose red brick typical of the Toulouse region, and the columns, capitals, floor and roofing tiles, as well as the lengths of water pipe unearthed on site are of terra cotta.
The abundance and quality of the finds uncovered at Pinel is exceptional. The infilled water storage basins beneath the cloister
Excavation plan of the monastery of Pinel, France. Note the austere church at the top, with no crossing, no aisles.
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