Illustrated Dictionary of British Churches - Sanctuary Definition

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Sanctuary

The holiest part of a church, usually at the east end, where the high altar stands. The altar itself is often placed upon a low dais, separated from the chancel by commmunion rails. To one side of the sanctuary a piscina, or recessed niche for washing holy vessels is often found, and sometimes a seat for clerics called a sedilia.

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