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tracery - In architecture branching ornamental stonework generally in a window where it supports the glass Tracery is particularly characteristic of Gothic architecture ExampleThe tracery in a rose window of Washington Cathedral Washington DC This graphic displays four different photos-- they amount to a zoom into the traceryAlso see fenestration foil quatrefoil and stained glass rose window - Large circular windows of tracery and stained glass found in Gothic cathedrals Also called a wheel window Examplestransept - An aisle between the apse and nave It cuts across the nave and side aisles to form a cross-shaped floor plan Also see architecture cathedral and Gothicnave - The major central part of a church where the congregation gathers It leads from the main entrance to the altar and choir and is usually flanked by side aisles An exampleA photo of the nave of the cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris France as seen upon entering it from the narthex and looking toward the altar The ceilings vaults are visible above Light is entering the nave through stained glass windowsaisle - A long narrow space on either side of the nave of a church usually between a row of columns or piers and the outer wall It is often referred to as a side aislechoir - The part of a church where services are sung It is usually east of the transept and within the chancel but may extend into the navechancel - The part of a church reserved for clergy and containing the altar and the choirltarpiece or altar-piece - A piece of artwork which is placed above and either on or behind an altar in a Christian church or other religious platform Usually it is a votive painting a set of painted andor carved panels often a triptych or a decorative screen
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