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The retroquire of the Cathedral of Seville, Spain.

In ecclesiastical architecture, a retroquire (also spelled retrochoir), or back-choir,[1] is the space behind the high altar in a church or cathedral, which sometimes separates it from the end chapel. It may contain seats for the church choir.[2]

An example of a retroquire is within Winchester Cathedral which was built between 1200 and 1230 to house a shrine for Saint Swithun.

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  1. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Back-Choir". Encyclopædia Britannica. 3 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 
  2. ^ "Retrochoir". Merriam-Webster. 2015. Retrieved 8 September 2015. Definition of RETROCHOIR 1: the space left in a church behind the high altar or choir enclosure sometimes used as a chapel and occasionally containing a second choir enclosure 

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