Church porch

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The highly decorated two-storey porch of St Mary's, Yatton, England[1][2]

A church porch is a room at a church's main entrance. In Scandinavia the porch of a church is often called by names meaning weaponhouse. Visitors stored their weapons there because of a prohibition against carrying weapons into the sanctuary, or into houses in general.[3]

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  1. ^ Nikolaus Pevsner, The Buildings of England North Somerset and Bristol (Penguin, 1979), p. 352.
  2. ^ Images of England (accessed 3 September 2009)
  3. ^ Harrison, James A.; Sharp, Robert, eds. (January 2006). "Project Gutenberg's Beowulf". Project Gutenberg. Retrieved 14 August 2007.  (Note l. 325. Cf. l. 397.)

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