Church Architecture Daniel zubero and julian coronado 04/27/2017 Ecclesiology


Narthex - A term for the foyer or entry way of the church.


Nave - The place where the congregation gathers for worship.


Sanctuary - The elevated front part of the church where the service s conducted.


Sacristy - The room in which all of the communion equipment is held.


Tabernacle - A locked box in which the Eucharist is reserved or stored.

Lamp of the Tabernacle

Lamp of the Tabernacle - A candlestick placed in the sanctuary that, when lit, indicates the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.

Lectern or Ambo

Lectern or Ambo - The podium which the speaker stands.


Pulpit - The stand which the clergy uses to read the gospel and preach the sermon.


Altar - The table where the bread and wine are consecrated for communion.

Baptismal Font

Baptismal Font - The large bowled surface where baptism is held.

Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross - The series of events on the day of Jesus' crucifixion. They are usually located around the walls of the whole church.

Chair for the Priest

Chair for the Priest - The chair where the priest sits. Located in the sanctuary.


Transept - The area closest to the sanctuary. Reserved for the other clergy members and the choir.


Apse - The curved, semicircular wall behind the altar.


Dome - The circular roof of the church.


Ambulatory - The walking area around the apse or cloister.



The End


Created with images by Jorge Lascar - "Church of Saint Olha and Elizabeth"

Report Abuse

If you feel that this video content violates the Adobe Terms of Use, you may report this content by filling out this quick form.

To report a Copyright Violation, please follow Section 17 in the Terms of Use.