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word of the week: APSE

2011 January 2
by Caroline Nye Stevens
Apse, Field Museum

Apse at the Field Museum

APSE: A semicircular or polygonal recess of a building, usually vaulted and most often found at the sanctuary or east end of a church.

The pictured apse is not found in a church, but at the eastern end of the Field Museum’s main hall. This apse is an example of a lacunar ceiling meaning that it is adorned with a pattern of coffered panels.

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  1. Margaret permalink
    January 4, 2011

    Ah! I love this one. Apse.

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