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high altar

  1. the principal altar of a church
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Historical Examples of high altar

  • The high-altar is richly decorated with enamels and precious stones.

    The Argosy


  • A highly-prized Madonnabild, of great sweetness of expression, found in a swamp near the place, stands over the high-altar.

  • The high-altar screen was a fine piece of sculptured stone-work of late 16th or early 17th century.

  • In the interior of the church, the wooden altar-screen over the high-altar dated from 1616.

  • Before mass it was brought out, and remained before the high-altar during mass.