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- (architecture) A western vestibule leading to the nave in some (especially Orthodox) Christian churches.
1942, Rebecca West, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon, Canongate, published 2006, page 637:
- we were in the antechamber, called the narthex, which runs across the front of any Byzantine church [...].
- 2007, Edwin Mullins, The Popes of Avignon, Blue Bridge 2008, p. 87:
- One of these was Cardinal Jacopo Stefaneschi, [...] who had now conceived ambitious plans for paintings to decorate the entire narthex, or entrance porch, of Avignon's ancient cathedral.