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Ever wondered why English/European churches are so fascinating? Other than the history, there is something else. Most churches follow a guideline. Here are a few of the guidelines, and once you've become acquainted with them, next time you walk inside an European church, you can keep an eye out for these structures. 

會不會覺得,為什麼英國(或是歐洲)的教堂都這麼的搶眼嗎?其實除了歷史之外,還有其他的要素。因為教堂的結構有著一定的架構。但是在架構以外的變化,又是這麼的多元。以下就是一些我發現的基本結構。提供大家參考。下次大家走進歐洲教堂,應該可以用不同的眼光觀賞教堂囉!

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The basic structure of a church would look like a cross if viewed from above. The Main Altar is located at the east end of the building. The entrance(s) are at the west or north-south arms of the cross. The Crossing is where the 'cross' meets. This is where you'll find the central tower, the steeple, andthe dome, if there are any of these. At the west end of the church, you'll find the largest area of the whole building called the Nave. This is where the congregation sits during a service. The walls along the boarder of the seating area, inside the church, by the stain glass windows is called the Clerestory. There is the Screen that separates the public nave from the eastern end of the church, and there is also the Choir, where the 'choir' stands when they stand/sing during a service.  

教堂的基本結構是個十字形。主聖壇會放在東邊,西邊或是南北邊會有入口。十字型的交叉處就是主塔樓、尖塔、或是圓穹所在處。西邊,也就是教堂最大的區塊,是教堂正堂也是參禮時大家所坐的地方。座位擺設的兩旁,沿著建築物的內部的牆叫做Clerestory。熒屏將正堂與教堂東邊隔開。然後就是唱經樓了。也就是合唱團所站立歌頌的位置囉。

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Not all churches follow this format, but next time you visit a church in Europe, you might be able to distinguish these features, too! 

不是每個教堂都會照著這個模式建造,不過下次參訪歐洲教堂時,或許你也可以眼睛睜大,瞧瞧這幾個比較基本性的特徵呢!

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天仙念:這間是在Windsor與Eton之間的路上看到的。雖然是一間小教堂,不過他很可愛。不拍可惜,但又沒什麼可以寫的。就趁機也寫關於教堂的兩三事囉!

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