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a room usually in the form of a gallery attached to one or several facades of a church, with the exception of the eastern facade. The parvis was commonly encountered in Russian stone and wooden architecture, being almost an indispensable element of a parish church.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


1. The open square in front of a large church.
2. An enclosed court or room in front of a church.
3. A room over a church porch, 1.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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To this end, a simple glass wall, partly covered by a fabric screen printed with an image of the Apocalypse, is the only boundary separating the church from its huge parvis, dissolving the physical and symbolic thresholds between the sacred and the everyday.
Parvis took his vows to join Blackfriars in 1977 but resigned last month after confessing to colleagues he had fallen for Sara, who has also quit the order.
In warm weather people can spill out into a paved parvis, sheltered by the grassy banks of the undulating terrain.
The security guard, Parvis Aslam, suffered slashes on his hands, a cut and bruising.
When the photo was taken in Oxford last summer, there was no hint of the romance between the 29-year-old Edinburgh woman and Paul Parvis, who then ran a Dominican college in the city.
La fete de Pessah, qui s'etend sur huit jours, s'accompagne traditionnellement de visites de fideles juifs au Mur du Bouraq situe en contrebas de l'Esplanade des Mosquees (le parvis d'al-Aqsa) dans la vieille ville d'al-Qods, le troisieme Lieu Saint de l'Islam apres La Mecque et Medine.
Antoinette Parvis has been awarded the membership key award by Lions Clubs International to acknowledge her contribution in sponsoring two new members to the Oxford Lions Club.
Parvis Irani, with sister Daulat's help, put Indianborn mum Gulbai Murzan in a chest freezer when she died aged 79 in 1980.
Above, however, Gehry has created a whimsical public garden, terraces with eccentric planting and paving and a small, hooded amphitheatre that take advantage (like Rafael Moneo's parvis to his cathedral a few blocks to the north, AR March 2003) of LA's surprising topological richness.
The boys event was won by Daniel Parvis (Warwickshire Racquets & Health Club) who beat James Barra (Rugby) in the final.