from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A church or other edifice built at a site, especially a tomb, associated with a Christian martyr or saint.
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- n. A tomb or other edifice erected in homage to a martyr.
- n. Confirming something by referring to one's own experience.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A place in which the relics of martyrs are preserved, usually a crypt or underground chapel like the famous one of the church of Saint-Denis, France, which still retains much of the original Roman construction.
What you were perhaps unable so far to discern from the photographs (which would be exactly the effect desired by Dientzenhofer) is the circumstance that the altar painting which you can see (showing the martyrium of St. Dionysius by the Bamberg court painter Sebastian Reinhard from 1714) is not actually on the high altar.
No, the problem is your unwillingness to let other people do your imagining for you. martyrium Says:
Note 150: Malmesbury, Canal, 137 — 38: "Sedatur christiana gens miraculo; paruulique martyrium exoculata …" back
Ego autem Odoricus audiens factum et martyrium illorum fratrum, iui illuc, et corpora eorum effodi, et ossa omnia mecum accepi, et in pulchris towallijs colligaui, et in Indiam superiorem ad vnum locum fratrum nostrorum ea deportaui, habens mecum socium, et vnum famulum.
Statim vt fratres suum martyrium compleuerunt, aer ita lucidus effectus est, quod omnes admirati sunt, et luna maximam claritatem ostendit.
Ad tractum sagittæ de hac tumba, est Ecclesia vbi sanctus Iacobus maior Apostolus primo post martyrium fuit sepultus, cuius modo sacrata ossa venerantur
In respect to the latter we would like to investigate whether the form of the building, namely a transept-basilica, corresponds to a martyrium, housing the relics of a saint.
Shortly afterwards the Apollo Klarios sanctuary must have been transformed into a martyr's church, whereas the Dionysos temple was moved, stone by stone, to be incorporated into yet another martyrium built in the city's stadium.
Inde Babyloniam (vt aiunt) ductus, cum Christum abnegare nollet, in medio foro ad signum positus, et sagittis terebratus, martyrium consecrauit.
Ad tractum sagitt� de hac tumba, est Ecclesia vbi sanctus Iacobus maior Apostolus primo post martyrium fuit sepultus, cuius modo sacrata ossa venerantur