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.
Accordingly he added a long gallery “esonarthex” to the outside of the church, which included sarcophagi intended for himself and his buddies.
In some of the larger churches there are two Nartheces -- the esonarthex and the exonarthex, the latter serving the purpose of an extended porch.