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high altar

the principal altar of a church
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  • We notice in the nave a boundary stone, beyond which no female foot might go in the direction of the high altar.

  • We possess his relics and they are enclosed in the shrine under the high altar.

    En Route J.-K. (Joris-Karl) Huysmans
  • But within, before the high altar—or shall we say since this is a reformed place, before the pulpit?

    The Spell of Scotland Keith Clark
  • At the high altar are three more fragments from the mutilated tomb.

    New Italian sketches John Addington Symonds
  • The high altar is of porphyry, and when I visited it, itself and the body of the church were undergoing repairs.

  • Within its chapel all the elected emperors were crowned in front of the high altar.

    Down the Rhine Oliver Optic
  • The chapel to the S. of the high altar is dedicated to St Clement.

    Venice and its Story Thomas Okey
  • Behind the high altar is the shrine of the Three Kings of Cologne.

    Down the Rhine Oliver Optic
  • In the confessional she picked up a handful of apple-parings, which she threw behind the high altar.

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