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the termination at the sanctuary end of a church, generally semicircular in plan but sometimes square or polygonal. The apse appeared early in Roman temples and basilicas; it was originally a semicircular recess with a half dome as ceiling and contained the monumental statue of the deity. The motif was adopted in the early Christian churches; in these the apse occupied the eastern end of the building where the altar, the bishop's throne, and the seats of the clergy were placed. A fine example of this early form is in the cathedral of Torcello near Venice. Because of its location and function in the church services, the apse became the architectural climax of the church interior and was richly ornamented. In the early churches, the half-dome ceiling was incrusted with handsome mosaics, the walls were veneered with fine marbles, and the altar and pulpits were also richly decorated. As the apse steadily increased in liturgical and architectural emphasis, chapels were added to it. In English Gothic architecture the apse was in most cases a square termination, and in Italy its form remained a simple semicircle, as the chapels were in another part of the church. In France the entire choir—composed of apse, ambulatory, and radiating chapels (the whole termed a chevet)—attained, in the 12th and 13th cent., its great splendor.


A semicircular or polygonal space, usually in a church, terminating an axis and intended to house an altar.


A semicircular (or nearly semicircular) or semipolygonal space, usually in a church, terminating an axis and intended to house an altar.


A semicircular (or nearly semicircular) or semipolygonal space, usually in a church, terminating an axis and intended to house an altar.


1. a domed or vaulted semicircular or polygonal recess, esp at the east end of a church
2. Astronomy another name for apsis


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The complex and powerful drawing on the upper part of the August 1557 sheet offers a uniquely personal conflation of architectural-pictorial conventions, in order to clarify the relationships of the interior space from the ground looking up into the vault of the south apse above.
The team worked with students from the Product-Architecture Lab at the Stevens Institute of Technology to come up with an apse design that paid homage to the building's past uses as a religious institution and as the home of a veterans' organization, but that better reflected a contemporary culture.
Because of some details, which we have indicated for the first time, we believe that most probably the paintings known as Opere di misericordia represented in two horizontal strips with seven scenes on each in the central apse, were painted in the Angevin period and not in the Norman period as stated by Parente.
Potton says that his good friend Apse had no influence on him deciding to exhibit in Riga as it was more a case of his photographs already being in this part of the world but at the same time he thinks that "it's a nice touch I exhibit in my friend's original homeland.
They can confidently identify the figures of Saints Cosmas and Damian in the north apse, for example, because of their certainty that the surviving lettering is original.
The protrusion contains the bursar's office and a sacristy that flank the apse.
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