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An apse with two apsidoles at the orthodox cathedral fo Jaroslavl in Russia

An apsidole or absidiale is a small or secondary apse, one of the apses on either side of the main apse in a triapsidal church, or one of the apse-chapels when they project on the exterior of the church, particularly if the projection resembles an apse in shape.[1]

Francis Bond[2] says that the Norman plan of eastern limb, which the Norman builders brought over to England at the Conquest, contained a central apse flanked by apsidioles.


  1. ^ "Apsidiole". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913.  
  2. ^ Gothic Architecture in England (1912), 163

This article incorporates text from the public-domain Catholic Encyclopedia of 1913. Template:RC stub


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