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Narthex Looking West

Narthex Looking West

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Image ID
6576
Title
Narthex Looking West
Caption
The west entrance of the church leads into a dark narthex (late 10th or early 11th century) with a low, heavy vault. Like the nave, it has three aisles supported by plain round pillars. The center aisle is groin vaulted and the side aisles are barrel vaulted; some are decorated with frescoes. There are many tombstones embedded in the floor, including some interesting round ones from the 16th and 17th centuries that may cover funeral pits. The narthex is more substantial than most because it supports a large chapel above. The contrast as one leaves the dark narthex and enters the tall, bright nave is a spectacular effect.
Coordinates
46.5658680° N, 4.9089360° E
Resolution
4100 x 2720 pixels
File Size
6.1 MB
File Type
jpg
Camera
Canon EOS 40D
ISO
200
Credit
David Joyal
Copyright Status
All Rights Reserved
Date Created
June 10, 2008
Date Uploaded
August 20, 2010

The west entrance of the church leads into a dark narthex (late 10th or early 11th century) with a low, heavy vault. Like the nave, it has three aisles supported by plain round pillars. The center aisle is groin vaulted and the side aisles are barrel vaulted; some are decorated with frescoes. There are many tombstones embedded in the floor, including some interesting round ones from the 16th and 17th centuries that may cover funeral pits. The narthex is more substantial than most because it supports a large chapel above. The contrast as one leaves the dark narthex and enters the tall, bright nave is a spectacular effect.

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