Architecture of Cathedrals and Great Churches - Origins and Development of The Church Building

Origins and Development of The Church Building

The church building grew out of a number of features of the Ancient Roman period:

  • The house church
  • The atrium
  • The basilica
  • The bema
  • The mausoleum - centrally-planned building
  • The cruciform ground plan - Latin or Greek cross

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