A castle courtyard.

Castle Courtyard

A castle courtyard.

"A principal and distinctive feature of Italian public buildings and palaces of this time is the cortile (i.e. court-yard), surrounded by open arcades."

Cancellaria palace

"A principal and distinctive feature of Italian public buildings and palaces of this time is the cortile…

A space on a college or university campus usually but not always enclosed on four sides by buildings, although this enclosing may be more or less loosely defines.

Quadrangle

A space on a college or university campus usually but not always enclosed on four sides by buildings,…