I would like to know what "Behind it lay the nuns’ convent, their cloister with its orchards and grazing cows, and new residential blocks towering just above." means in the following sentences:
We climbed a set of narrow stairs lined by a large stone wall. Behind it lay the nuns’ convent, their cloister with its orchards and grazing cows, and new residential blocks towering just above.
A group of boys in tight jeans came towards us, walking down the narrow passageway. One held a small, heavily made-up girl around the waist, while another, with a sharp face and gelled-back hair, looked you up and down with curious eyes. You noticed him and your face seemed to harden; you looked away. We reached the top of the bridge and waited at the traffic lights. To our right lay the city, the neon lights of the tall buildings glistening, advertising clubs and restaurants, to our left the Wisła and the dark shore of Praga. I thought I could sense your restlessness. You looked at me from the side.
In this novel which is set in the 1980's in Poland under the socialist regime, where homosexuality was socially unacceptable, the protagonist Ludwik (a university graduate) left Poland in 1981 to live in the United States of America. And he remembers what it was like back then in Poland, where he used to stroll on the streets with his lover Janusz.
In this part, I wonder whether it would be right to understand that "cloister" here is in the "nuns' convent," and the "cloister" has "orchards and grazing cows," and "new residential blocks" were above the convent.
I am confused because of the fact that the cloister is preceded by "their" and orchards are preceded by "its." Because of these I came to doubt whether the cloister and orchards all really belonged to the convent. Would "their" perhaps indicate the "nuns," whereas "its" the "convent"?
And I also wonder where the new residential blocks were towering, because the object seems to be missing after "just above [*]".
I am an English learner from South Korea, so thank you for your patience in advance as I may not know obvious things. I would very much appreciate your help. :)