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a covered walkway, outdoors or indoors;especially passage way around the apse

Radiating Chapel

semicircular chapel cutout of the wall of a church, usually for relic display


A door, gate, or entrance


wedge-shaped stone building block used in constructing an arch or vault


curved molding formed by the voussoirs making up an arch


half-round panel that fills the space between the lintle and arch over the doorway of the church.


center post supporting the lintel in the middle doorway


horizontal beam used as a finishing piece over a door or window


upright consisting of a vertical side member of a door or window frame


The space between two columns, or one unit in the nave arcade of a church; also passageway to arcuated gated

Gallery/tribunal level

narrow recessed balcony area along an upper floor on the interior of a building


the fenestrated part of a building that rises above the roofs of the other parts


a courtyard with covered walks (as in religious institutions)

Liege lord

In the feudal system, a lord who has many vassals, but owes allegiance to no one


a political and social system that developed during the Middle Ages; nobles offered protection and land in return for service

Compound piers

A pier with a group, or cluster , of attached shafts, or responds, especially characteristic of Gothic architecture.

Transverse arch

an arch which crosses from one side of the nave to the other side at a 90 degree angle


a cellar or vault or underground burial chamber (especially beneath a church)


ornamented with representations, such as plants animals or human figures that have a narrative


a collecion of illustrations of real and imaginary animals

diaphragm arch

a transverse, wall bearing arch that divides a vault or a ceiling into compartments, providing a kind of firebreak

sexpartite vault

rib vault with six ribs meeting at the centre of a bay

quadrant arch

an arch whose curve extends for one quarter of a circle's circumference


in embroidery; work that creates solid blocks of color


a heavy handwoven reversible textile used for hangings, curtains, and upholstery and characterized by complicated pictorial designs

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