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The placement of the ambulatory within a standard cathedral.

The ambulatory (Latin: ambulatorium, lit. "walking place") is the covered passage around a cloister or the processional way around the east end of a cathedral or large church and behind the high altar.[1][2]

Horton Court ambulatory

The term is also used to describe a garden feature in the grounds of a country house. A typical example is the one shown, which stands in the grounds of Horton Court in Gloucestershire, UK.[3]


  1. ^ Francis D. K. Ching (2011). A Visual Dictionary of Architecture. John Wiley & Sons. p. 29. ISBN 978-1-118-16049-7.
  2. ^ Ariane Archambault (2002). The Visual Dictionary of Art & Architecture. Québec Amerique. p. 152. ISBN 978-2-7644-0877-3.
  3. ^ Historic England. "AMBULATORY 20 YARDS SOUTH WEST OF HORTON COURT (1321166)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 5 July 2015.

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