Definition of parvis in English:


Line breaks: par¦vis
Pronunciation: /ˈpɑːvɪs
(also parvise)


  • An enclosed area in front of a cathedral or church, typically surrounded with colonnades or porticoes.
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    • At the north end of the composition, in front of the cathedral is a new parvis which is intended to be a place of congregation and recreation.
    • A simple glass wall separates the church from its huge parvis, dematerializing the boundary between interior and exterior.
    • The great parvis for open-air worshippers recalls a Classical Greek theatre set in the landscape, with the man-made and natural worlds brought together in a powerful symbiosis.


late Middle English: from Old French, based on late Latin paradisus 'paradise', in the Middle Ages denoting a court in front of St Peter's, Rome.

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