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The end of a church with the altar in it is normally at the east (right in the diagrams), for symbolic religious reasons, though frequently the building cannot be disposed in such a way as to make that orientation very precise. In parish churches, liturgical directions rarely coincide with geography; even in cathedrals, liturgical and geographic directions can be in almost precise opposition (e.g., in St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, Seattle, liturgical east is nearly due west).