Glossary of Medieval Art and Architecture

transept A rectangular area which cuts across the main axis of a basilica-type building and projects beyond it. The transept gives a basilica the shape of a Latin cross and usually serves to separate the main area of the building from an apse at the end.

Other parts of a church: ambulatory, apse, choir, crossing, east end, nave, west end

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