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An apse with two apsidoles at the orthodox cathedral of 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. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg Poole, Thomas Henry (1907). "Apsidiole". Catholic Encyclopedia 1. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 
  2. ^ Bond, Francis (1912) [1905]. Gothic architecture in England : an analysis of the origin & development of English church architecture from the Norman conquest to the dissolution of the monasteries. London: Batsford. p. 163. OCLC 2937528. 


 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainPoole, Thomas Henry (1907). "Apsidiole". In Herbermann, Charles. Catholic Encyclopedia 1. Robert Appleton Company.