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Narthex
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(νάρϑηξ), before the naos, a kind of entrance hall on the west side in early Christian, Byzantine, and Orthodox churches. The term, originally denoting a reed-like plant, is used from the 6th century on in the context of church architecture (IV). Where there is a further anteroom before the narthex, a distinction is made between the inner (eso-) and outer (exo-)narthex. From the 9th century on, the narthex is decorated with a special program of images, corresponding to its form and function. Instead of representations …

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Wasmuth, Jennifer, “Narthex”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_024020>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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