The Abbey is a tile found in the Abbey & Mayor expansion. Each player receives one Abbey tile at the beginnng of the game. This may be played instead drawing and playing a normal tile. It must be placed in a "gap" in the board, in a space already surrounded by tiles on each of the four orthagonal (ie non-diagonal) sides. It may be placed no matter what edges are present on those tiles, the abbey ends roads, farms, and cities. It counts as a cloister, so a Monk may be placed in it which scores normally.