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Apse

A hollow construction complete with a vault, which is generally semi-circular in shape and which interrupts the continuity of a flat wall. Especially in pre-Christian and Christian basilicas it is located at the end of the central nave and amplifies the voice of the Chairman of the assembly, sitting on the “pulpit”, and of the Council, which acts as a crown to him. The apse is occasionally accompanied by side apses, as is the case in Monreale. During the middle ages and in the modern age, the choir of canons or monks was positioned here.

 


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