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In the Middle Ages, most churches had a cell set aside for a person seeking sanctuary. At Notre Dame it was a small room toward the top of the cathedral. It was here that Quasimodo had placed the gypsy girl.

Dose it mean: They built sancturay in a place apartfrom main bulilding of church?

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The cell (small room) was already part of the church. The priests decided to use it as a sanctuary. 'Aside' is not always referring to physical location. The phrasal verb 'set aside' means to reserve for a particular use. Each month I set aside some money for my bills. Buses have seats which are set aside for elderly people. A school might set aside a room for quiet study. Note: the past participle of the verb 'set' is also 'set'.

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I think that: Set aside here means(kept)It means that there was a room kept for the people seeking refuge

These rooms could be in the main building or outside the main building(depending on the structure of churches in the middle ages)

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