Illustrated Architecture Dictionary


The circular or multangular termination of a church sanctuary, first applied to a Roman basilica.

Latin: "apse" - an arch

Early Christian churches used Classical Roman basilicas, which usually had apses, as models for design

Traditionally, the apse (where the altar is located) is at the east end of a church

The apse is a Continental feature, and contrasts with the square termination of English Gothic churches

Found in derivatives of Classical Greek and Roman architecture, including Beaux Arts Classicism, , ..... Classical Revival, , ..... Federal, Georgian Revival, , ..... Greek Revival, , ..... Neoclassicism, , ..... Renaissance Revival, , ..... Second Empire; also, on Gothic and, ..... Gothic Revival

See also:
Vocabulary - Churches

Examples from Buffalo architecture

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