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- n. Any extension of a church behind the high altar, such as a chapel.
- n. In an apsidal church, all the space beyond the line of the back or eastern face of the altar.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any extension of a church behind the high altar, as a chapel; also, in an apsidal church, all the space beyond the line of the back or eastern face of the altar.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In architecture, that part of the interior of a church or cathedral which is behind or beyond the choir, or between the choir and the lady-chapel.
Medieval porch tiles came from the cathedral retrochoir, a jewel-patterned plasterwork ceiling reflects ecclesiastical vestments, and further fireplaces are Italian marble.
The choir, in the middle of the largest nave, is magnificent Florid Gothic; the retrochoir, Renaissance.
The architecture throughout the retrochoir is Early Decorated.
There have been many later rebuildings and major nineteenthcentury restorations: choir and retrochoir 1215-60; north transept thirteenth century; south transept fourteenth century; nave 1895.