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. 



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.  



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





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