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presbytery(prĕz`bĭtĕr'ē, prĕs`–), in architecture, the space in the eastern end of a church reserved for the higher clergy. It was also known in the early Christian Church as the apseapse,
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
..... Click the link for more information. , tribune, or exedra. In the English medieval cathedrals the presbytery usually occupies a large space between the high altar and the choir stalls. The term is used in Presbyterian churches for the court composed of the ministers and representative elders (one from each congregation) of a district.
in European and Eastern Christian architecture, the space between the solea and the altar, or the table for the sacraments. In Orthodox churches, the presbytery corresponds to the bema, and in Western European medieval churches, to the central part of the choir.