chevet

chevet

[shuh-vey]
noun
an apse, as of a Gothic cathedral.

Origin:
1800–10; < French, earlier chevès, Old French chevezLatin capitium opening or covering for the head. See caput

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chevet (ʃəˈveɪ)
 
n
a semicircular or polygonal east end of a church, esp a French Gothic church, often with a number of attached apses
 
[C19: from French: pillow, from Latin capitium, from caput head]

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chevet

eastern end of a church, especially of a Gothic church designed in the French manner. Beginning about the 12th century, Romanesque builders began to elaborate on the design of the area around the altar, adding a curved ambulatory behind it and constructing a series of apses or small chapels radiating from the ambulatory. Chevet design became most elaborate during the 13th century, and examples can be seen in the cathedrals of Rheims and Chartres.

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