from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. , (Christianity) The space anterior to the narthex of a church, sometimes roofed-over as with a porch, but more often an enclosed courtyard; in antiquity, the courtyard where catechumens were permitted to be close to the Eucharist, but forbidden to see it celebrated.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In a Greek church, the outer narthex or vestibule, in case there were two, as in the church of St. Sophia in Constantinople, the inner narthex being called the esonarthex.


From exo- +‎ narthex. (Wiktionary)



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