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choir loft - a gallery in a church occupied by the choir
gallery - narrow recessed balcony area along an upper floor on the interior of a building; usually marked by a colonnade ...


Ante-choir, the term given to the space enclosed in a church between the outer gate or railing of the rood screen and the door of the screen; sometimes there is only one rail, gate or door, but in Westminster Abbey it is equal in depth to one bay of the nave.

Choir stalls The benches in the chancel where the choristers are seated. Here, instead of facing east as the pews do in the nave, the choir stalls face north or south so that the choristers look across to each other.

choir : see chancel
choir screen : decorated screen of wood or stone separating the choir from the rest of the church.
clerestory : 'clear story', the upper story of a church rising above the aisle roof with large widow openings ...

Choir - The eastern end of the church from the crossing to the apse.
Clerestory - The uppermost story and the windows in it above the aisles, gallery and triforium.
Crossing - The bay where the nave, choir and transepts meet.

~
1) The part of a cathedral, monastic church or collegiate church where services are sung. Often spelled Quire in older books.
2) A group of singers.
~ stalls
The seats in the ~. Often highly decorated and having misericords.

~ screen - decorated screen of wood or stone separating the ~ from the rest of the cathedral.

cinquefoil - in tracery, having five pendants in a circular ring; usually applied to windows and panels. See also tracery.

~: Part of the church east of the crossing, usually occupied by the priests and singers of the ~ (fig.1). From the Latin chorus for a "singing group."
Clerestory: Windowed area of the church above the side aisles and above the wall of the central part of the nave (fig.6).

~ (quire) - where services are sung, or more generally, the eastern arm of a church.
Clerestory - the upper story of a church where it rises above the aisle roof. Window openings allow extra light into the interior of the church.
Confessio - A niche for relics located near the altar.

~
The part of a church, generally located toward or in the apse, reserved for clergy and singers.
(This photograph was taken looking down the nave toward the apse. The ~ screen is highlighted, which is just beyond the transept.) Image courtesy of Gretchen Ranger ...

~ - The part of a cruciform church east of the crossing.
Clasping - Encasing the angle.
Clunch - Hard chalky material.

~.
The part of a church where services are sung. In monastic churches this can occupy the crossing and/ or the easternmost bays of the nave.
Clerestory.

~: the east end of the crossing occupied by the ~ in a monastic church or cathedral; loosely, the eastern arm of a large church.
cinquefoil: with five foils or cusps.

~ - Believed to be the most important part of the church in early Gothic cathedral architecture. It is the part between the nave and the main altar reserved for the ~ and clergy.

~ - The space reserved for the clergy in the church, usually east of the transept but, in some instances, extending into the nave.

~ stalls. Canopied and carved seats for the ~ and officiating clergy in a church.
Cloister. Internal courtyard of a monastery or convent with a portico of slender columns supporting a roof and resting on a low wall.

~
Structurally that part of the church in which singers have their place often inaccurately used for eastern arm.
Claustral buildings ...

~
part of a Christian church, near the altar, set aside for those chanting the services; usually part of the chancel.
Chroma ...

~
Section of the church occupied by the choristers and the clergy. This is usually the eastern arm of the building; and for this reason a section of the chancel is sometimes called the ~ even when it is not strictly used for that purpose.
Chrismatory ...

~ stalls, the row of stepped seats on either side of the ~, facing inwards.

Cinquefoil, a figure of five equal segments. ...

~: The area of the church between a transept and main apse. It is the area where the service is sung and clergy may stand, and the main or high altar is located. In some churches there is no ~, while in others, the ~ is quite large and surrounded by an ambulatory.

~ : The section of a Cruciform Cathedral located between the Nave and the main Altar. But be careful! The exact perimeter of the ~ is often disputable from cathedral to cathedral. By definition: the place where the psalms are sung.

~
- where divine service is sung, usually part of the chancel. See Church Design.

~ of St. Lazare showing the articulation of the nave wall with classicizing pilasters and arcades. Capitals are variations of Corinthian capitals.
Cistercian Abbey at Fontenay: founded in 1118 by St. Bernard, begun in 1130 by Bishop Everhard of Norwich, and consecrated in 1147.

~
Chresmographion - chamber between the pronaos and the cella in Greek temples where oracles were delivered.
Cincture - ring, list, or fillet at the top and bottom of a column, which divides the shaft from the capital and base.Template:Ref label ...

~okoitia
Painted Churches in the Troodos Region
Paphos
Czech Republic ...

Depicted in ~ loft rose windows, often playing an organ; often surrounded by angels playing musical instruments.
Other attributes: flute, organ, roses, violin, harp, harpsichord, singing.

One Bay of ~, Lichfield Cathedral
Lichfield Cathedral is situated in Lichfield, Staffordshire, England. It is the only medieval English.
One Bay of Limburg Cathedral ...

StallFixed seat in the ~ or chancel of a church for the clergy or ~. Usually with armrests, and often framed together.StanchionUpright structural member, of iron, steel or reinforced concrete.Standpipe towerContaining a column of water to regulate pressure in water mains.

~-the section of a church, usually between the crossing and the apse, where the clergy officiate
compound piers-typically found in a Romanesque or Gothic church, is a pier or large column with multiple shafts, pilasters, or colonnettes attached to it on one or all sides ...

Interior view of ~ crypt
Interior view of ~
Interior view of Corona chapel
Interior view of main crossing
Interior view of nave
Interior view of the nave at the southwest corner
Interior view of the second transept
Interior view of trinity chapel crypt
Interior view of trinity chapel ...

It is placed in the most prominent place in the church, usually at the east end, in the ~ or sanctuary, facing the main entrance to the church. Alternation of support: A system of supports for an arcade or colonnade in which there are two different types of support.

MISERICORD: a shelf-like projection from the underside of a hinged ~ stall seat which, when the seat is turned up, will support the chorister in long periods of standing. MOUCHETTE: a curved, lance-shaped motif found in window traceries in Decorated style.

The cathedral of Paris was begun in 1163 with the ~, and completed in 1235 with the raising of the western towers.

MISERICORD: small bracket on ~ stalls, used for leaning upon during long services and often carved underneath.
MOUCHETTE: curved motif in early C14 tracery, coming to a point at the base.
MOULDING: continuous band, often carved or ornamented.

* ~ - The part of a cruciform church east of the crossing.
* Citadel - Stronghold dominating a town.
* Clasping - Encasing the angle.
* Clerk - According to the context: a scholar, an aspirant to the priesthood, or a cleric.
* Clunch - Hard chalky material.
* Cob - Unburned clay mixed with straw.

The general plan of the cathedrals, however, consisting of a long three-aisled nave intercepted by a transept and followed by a shorter ~ and sanctuary, differs little from that of Romanesque churches.

The ~ may be located behind the congregation, to one or both sides of the sanctuary, or even on the opposite side of the communion table from the congregation. The ~ is most often not in direct sight of the congregation.

The screen separating the ~ from the nave and the ~ from the aisles. See screen
pulvinated
A convex profile, usually applied to a frieze or impost (from the Latin word for a cushion).

Eastern part of a church containing the ~ and main altar (sanctuary).
Chantry Chapel
Mediaeval chapel endowed for the celebration (chanting) of masses, especially for the soul of the founder of the chapel.

The semicircular or polygonal termination to the ~ or aisles of a church, usually at the east end. A termination of the transept or nave could be given the same name.
St. Denis - Paris - France (1122)
Toronto ...

VESTRY A room attached to a church, where the clergy and ~ robe in religious garments.
VOUSSOIR Wedge-shaped stones or bricks in an arch; the centre one is the keystone.
WAINSCOT Wood paneling or boards part way up a wall from the floor.

CHANCELthe sanctuary area in a church, near the altar, used by the clergy and ~
CLAPBOARDthin wood plank siding applied horizontally, one overlapping the next
COLONNADEa row of columns usually supporting the base of the roof structure ...

In medieval architecture, a hemicycle is a semicircular formation of columns around the ~ section of a church or cathedral. The word hemicycle can also describe a horseshoe arrangement of seating in a stadium, theater, or meeting hall.

Ambulatory- Aisleway surrounding ~ on East end of Cathedral
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Cruciform- In the shape of a Christian crucifix ...

The eastern end of a Gothic church, including ~ (quire), ambulatory, and radiating chapels.

Ambulatory - A covered walkway, outdoors (as in a cloister) or indoors: especailly the passwage around the apse and the ~ (quire) of a church.
Anchor Bolt - A bolt or threaded rod used to secure the sill to the foundation wall.

Triforium - An arcaded gallery above nave, ~, or transept arches of a church.
Truncate - To cut the top or end off, to lop, to maim.
Truss - Individual section of supportive framework bridging a space.
Turret - A small tower on a building or a structure, rising above it, a tower.

The rood loft or platform was supported above the screen and may have been used to accommodate the organ or ~. It was protected front and back by panelling and the great rood or crucifix would have been fixed to the front.
Many rood lofts and crucifixes were destroyed at the Reformation.

See also: See also: What is the meaning of Church, Architecture, Nave, Roman, Cathedra?

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