Origin of apse
Examples from the Web for apse
Seven windows of the nave and four of the apse deal with Old Testament history: three at the end of the apse with the New.The Story of Paris|Thomas Okey
Some similar work is still to be seen in one of the windows of the apse.Some Account of Gothic Architecture in Spain|George Edmund Street
The mosaics in the apse were the work of F. Zucchero, in the sixteenth century, and are perhaps the best of modern mosaics.Walks in Rome|Augustus J.C. Hare
The most elaborate design and richest color is used in the apse, which was the centre of display in all Byzantine churches.
To him may be attributed the towers, choir, apse, and nave of the Norman building.Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Exeter|Percy Addleshaw
British Dictionary definitions for apse
Word Origin for apse
Word Origin and History for apse
"semicircular extension at the end of a church," 1846, from Latin apsis "an arch, a vault," from Greek hapsis (Ionic apsis) "loop, arch," originally "a fastening, felloe of a wheel," from haptein "fasten together," of unknown origin. The original sense in Greek seems to have been the joining of the arcs to form a circle, especially in making a wheel. The architectural term is earlier attested in English in the Latin form (1706).