The History of Leith

May 9, 2008

Glossary of Church Architecture

Glossary of Church Architecture

Altar – the holiest part of a church. In the medieval period the altar was a table or rectangular slab made of stone or marble, often set upon a raised step. After the Reformation the stone altars were replaced by wooden communion tables.

Ambulatory – a covered passage behind the altar, linking it with chapels at the east end of the church.

Apse – the domed or vaulted east end of the church. In Britain the apse is generally squared off, while on the continent, rounded apses were common. for more click here

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