coenaculum


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coenaculum

In ancient Roman houses, the dining room or supper room, or any of the upper rooms in which food was eaten.
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Visit to Mount Zion and the coenaculum (The site of the last supper).
The arch motif in the center of each of the patens, above the mensa at which twin figures of Christ serve communion to His disciples, probably simulates the dome originally atop the coenaculum at the Sion Church in Jerusalem, where supposedly the Last Supper actually occurred, as well, perhaps--in the case of the Riha paten only--as that room's absidal niche rising behind an altar known not to have been surmounted by a ciborium.
Roberta Gilchrist argues that medieval nunneries tended to have two-storey refectories that were representative of the coenaculum, the upper storey of the home of Mary, where women participated in the early church at Jerusalem.