Eastern Church. the enclosed space surrounding the altar; the sanctuary or chancel.
(in a Christian basilica) an open space between the end of the nave arcade and the apse.
a platform for public speaking.
Historical Examples

Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4 Various
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 5 Various
Byzantine Churches in Constantinople Alexander Van Millingen
The Trial of Jesus from a Lawyer’s Standpoint, Vol. II (of II) Walter M. Chandler
Byzantine Churches in Constantinople Alexander Van Millingen
Demos George Gissing
Let us follow Him Henryk Sienkiewicz
The Memorabilia Xenophon
Lippincott’s Magazine, Vol. 20, No. 33, November 1877 Various
Little Folks (October 1884) Various

the speaker’s platform in the assembly in ancient Athens
(Eastern Orthodox Church) a raised area surrounding the altar in a church; the sanctuary
(Judaism) another word for almemar


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