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Early Christian Churches

Early Christian Churches

Author: Aleisha Olson

This lesson will discuss a few examples of early Christian churches.

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Plan of Old Saint Peter’s, Rome, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Old_St_Peters_Basilica_plan.png; Drawing of Old Saint Peter’s, Rome, Public Domain, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Basilica_of_St._Peter.jpg; Image of Santa Sabina Exterior, Rome, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:RomaSSabinaEsterno.JPG; Image of Santa Sabina, Rome, Creative Commons, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Santa_Sabina_inside.JPG; Image of Santa Costanza, Rome, Creative Commons, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Santa_Costanza_Interior.jpg; Image of Mosaic from Ambulatory of Santa Costanza, Rome, PD-1923, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mausoleo_di_santa_costanza,_mosaici_03.jpg

Terms to Know
  • Aisles

    The walkway between the sections of seats located, for example in a theater.

  • Ambulatory

    An area for walking, usually semicircular, around the apse of a church.

  • Apse

    An architectural term; a recess or semicircular space in a building, vaulted and used often by the choir in a church.

  • Basilica

    A columned meeting hall in ancient Rome, later a church with columns.

  • Cathedral

    The main church that contains the bishop’s throne.

  • Clerestory

    A part of a building that rises above the roofs – basically windows above eye level primarily for allowing light and ventilation.

  • Mausoleum

    A tomb or building containing tombs.

  • Mosaic

    A system of patterns on a floor, wall, ceiling constructed of small color pieces of inlaid stone, glass, or clay or other types of materials.

  • Nave

    A long central aisle that extends the whole length of the church.