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Glossary Srpski
List of words and phrases used in Info-Tours.NET pages for serbian medieval art

Apsis –semicircular or polygonal vaulted space, placed on the east, behind the altar and then it is called santuary, or side apsis for choires

Archbishop – bishop with the highest rang

Basilica – building originating from ancient Rome, rectangular shape, with uneven number of naves and it was used for receptions or trials; fror the IV century it is transformed into early christian church and it will have crucial effect on the forming of christian architecture

Biforium – window divided in two arched areas by central coulmn

Central-plan building – building symmetrical about its central point, central-plan building may be round, square, polygonal or cross-shaped

Fresco – wall painting done with pigments suspended in water, which are painted on to wet plaster; the pigments are united permanently with the plaster as they dry

Deesis – representation of Christ enthroned, flanked by Virgin, Saint John and angels, and it is oftel located on iconostasis

Iconostasis - In Eastern Christian churches, a screen or partition, with Royal doors and many tiers of icons, that separates the sanctuary from the main body of the church

Colonnette – small column with purely decorative function

Exonartex – outer nartex

Central nave – cetral area of the church, beetwen the aisles

Rosetta – architectural ornament in circular form resembling a rose, or circular window

Trefoil – type of temple with ground plan in shape of trefoil, with three semicircular apses

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