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Church with aisles but without a clerestorey, the interior of which is of approximately uniform height throughout, i.e. the nave and aisles are of the same or about the same height. It is a characteristic German Gothic type, called Hallenkirche, with very tall windows illuminating the aisles, no transepts, and, sometimes, with the chancel defined only by the furnishings rather than by a separate architectural compartment. Examples include the churches at Nördlingen (1427–1505), Dinkelsbühl (1444–92), and Pirna (consecrated 1546).

Sturgis et al. (1901–2);Jane Turner (1996)

Section through nave and aisles of typical German hall-church.

Subjects: Art — Architecture.


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