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Early Churches

Early Churches

Author: Erin Aldana
This lesson will discuss a few examples of early Christian churches.
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Notes on "Early Churches"

Key Terms


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


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


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


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


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


The main church that contains the bishop’s throne.


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


A tomb or building containing tombs.


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.

Image Credits

Basilica at Trier, interior, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Trier_basilica_DSC02373.jpg, Basilica at Trier, exterior, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Trier_Konstantinbasilika_BW_1.JPG, Old St. Peter’s Public Domain, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Affresco_dell%27aspetto_antico_della_basilica_costantiniana_di_san_pietro_nel_IV_secolo.jpg, Santa Sabina, exterior, Public Domain, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:RomaSSabinaEsterno.JPG, Santa Sabina, interior, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Santa_Sabina_inside.JPG, Interior of Santa Constanza, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Santa_Costanza_Interior.jpg, mosaic, mausoleum of Santa Constanza, Public Domain, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mausoleo_di_santa_costanza,_mosaici_03.jpg