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  1. an inner narthex.
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Origin of esonarthex

First recorded in 1840–50; eso- + narthex
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Examples from the Web for esonarthex

Historical Examples

  • The esonarthex is covered with a barrel vault between two cross vaults.

    Byzantine Churches in Constantinople

    Alexander Van Millingen

  • Five doors lead to the esonarthex—the three central doors being framed in red marble, the other two in verd antique.

  • Like the outer narthex the esonarthex is in five bays, and was paved with marble in a similar fashion.

  • The esonarthex is in three bays covered with barrel vaults, and terminates at both ends in a shallow niche.