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A Retroquire (also spelled retro-choir or retrochoir) or Back-Choir [1] is a term in ecclesiastical architecture that defines the space behind the high altar in a large church or cathedral, which often separates it from the end chapel.


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. ^  Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Back-Choir". Encyclopædia Britannica 3 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 

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