Glossary of Medieval Art and Architecture

choir: The area of the church between a transept and main apse. It is the area where the service is sung and clergy may stand, and the main or high altar is located. In some churches there is no choir, while in others, the choir is quite large and surrounded by an ambulatory.

See also altar, choir screen.
Other parts of a church ambulatory, apse, east end, nave, transept, west end.

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