Illustrated Dictionary of British Churches - Altar Definition

History and Architecture

Altar

The holiest part of a church. In the medieval period the altar was a table or rectangular slab made of stone or marble, often set upon a raised step. After the Reformation the stone altars were replaced by wooden communion tables.

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