Following the restoration of the total of nearly 3,000 blocks and the start of work on the extension project, the Cloister was reassembled in exactly its original position. Enclosed within a concrete shell in order to be integrated into the new building designed by Rafael Moneo, it now comprises a key element of the Museum’s extension. The remodelling of the Cloister as part of the expansion has allowed this structure – defined as a “gallery that surrounds the main courtyard of a Church or Monastery” - to retain its particular character, given that it can once again be seen as an interior architectural element within a building. This is the case both from the interior of its courtyard and from the surrounding galleries created in the building that houses it, as well as to a partial degree from the exterior. The Cloister’s essential character has thus not been modified; on the contrary, it has regained the architectural meaning and significance that it had lacked since the demolition of the former monastery of which it originally formed a part.

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