l’abside

Today’s Parola del Giorno concludes our theme on architecture with the noun l’abside, which means apse.

Some things to note regarding this noun:

  1. Note the underlined stress on the first vowel!
  2. It is feminine
  3. The plural is le absidi

An apse is, according to Wikipedia, a semicircular recess covered with a hemispherical vault or semi-dome, also known as an Exedra.

See the noun used below:

Una delle absidi più incredibili dell’architettura ecclesiastica italiana è quella della Basilica di San Vitale a Ravenna. È decorata con la tecnica del mosaico e si trova proprio dietro all’altare. Questo esempio di arte bizantina da secoli stupisce i visitatori e i fedeli.

One of the most incredible apses of ecclesiastical Italian architecture is that of the Basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna. It is decorated with mosaics and is located just behind the altar. This example of Byzantine art has amazed visitors and the faithful for centuries.

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There are many examples of apses in Italy. Picture here is the 6th century Byzantine mosaic in the apse of the basilica of Sant’Apollinare in Classe (photo from User:Haros on Wikipedia, under CC BY-SA 3.0 license):

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