Side altar

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A bye-altar in the Kapucijnenkerk; Ostend, Belgium. Notice the high altar in the background.

A side-altar or bye-altar is an altar that is subordinate to the central or high altar in a church. The term is generally applied to altars that are situated in the bay or bays of the nave, transepts, etc.[1] Side-altars may be recessed in a side-chapel, or against a main aisle wall.


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 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "article name needed". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton.