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high altar Line breaks: high altar

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Definition of high altar in English:


The chief altar of a church, typically in the chancel.
Example sentences
  • In 1518 he produced, for the high altar of the church of the Frari, one of his most world-renowned masterpieces, the Assumption of the Madonna, now in the Venetian Academy.
  • Beneath the high altar of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, in the wind-worn province of Galicia, Spain, lies a silver sarcophagus containing the relics of St. James the Greater.
  • One of the abbey's most famous features is the 14th century Washington Window, which is to be found high up in the choir area near the high altar.
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