Thursday, 31 January 2013

Avant-nef (narthex)

The covered vestibule of a church.
The avant-nef gives access to the nef (nave) and is located at the outmost west side of the church.
The grey part in plan (Wikipedia) is the avant-nef.
The picture shows the peculiar avant-nef of the Saint-Philibert in Tournus; it was taken from under the avant-nef, at the entrance to the church, looking in the direction of the chœur (choir).
See also galilée (synonym) and narthex (synonym).

Avant-nef - Wikipedia

Saint-Philibert - Tournus

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