retrochoir


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retrochoir

(ˈrɛtrəʊˌkwaɪə)
n
(Ecclesiastical Terms) the space in a large church or cathedral behind the high altar
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Their colours became his, so that now when a group of 2m high vessels cluster on those retrochoir tiles it seems as if they are rising organically from the floor (see front cover).
One source of influence was the new retrochoir of Winchester, begun in 1202, which makes use of pillars very similar to those of the Salisbury Trinity chapel, likewise at the east end.
Treading softly in the footsteps of the contributors, he gives us Pevsner's career in a nutshell, defining the achievements of each phase, stressing above all his inimitable gift for analysing buildings in terms of space (the first writer in English to do this) and his concentration on experiencing a building physically, whether a gothic retrochoir or a baroque staircase.