How to Tell a Church

Elizabeth Graham

in Maya Christians and Their Churches in Sixteenth-Century Belize

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780813036663
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813041834 | DOI:
How to Tell a Church

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In this chapter, attention turns back to material culture and to the architecture of early churches in Yucatan, central Mexico, and Belize. “Church” is defined, with all the implications this entails. Terms applied to churches as well as to church typologies are reviewed. Particular criticism is reserved for the widespread use of the term “open chapel” or capilla abierta. Terms used for the different parts of church interiors are defined, such as “chancel,” “sanctuary,” and “choir.”

Keywords: Church; chapel; capilla; chancel; sanctuary; choir; open chapel; capilla abierta; atrio

Chapter.  8522 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History and Theory of Archaeology

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