from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In the Gr. Ch., the inner narthex or vestibule, when there are two, the outer being called the exonarthex.


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  • Parallel to the esonarthex is the exonarthex, with pictures from the life of Christ, concentrating on his infancy.

    Log of the Eclipse (14)

  • Accordingly he added a long gallery “esonarthex” to the outside of the church, which included sarcophagi intended for himself and his buddies.

    Log of the Eclipse (14)

  • In some of the larger churches there are two Nartheces -- the esonarthex and the exonarthex, the latter serving the purpose of an extended porch.

    Hymns of the Holy Eastern Church

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  • In orthodox churches, the "inner narthex" between the outer porch and the body of the church proper.

    June 7, 2009