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intimate scale, church & chapel & cathedral, abbey & monastery & abbot They also build differently. Ely Cathedral is one of those places where the intimate scale of Saxon churches was replaced by a statement of massive triumphalism. (England before and after 1066) "intimate scale" seems here means small scale, but I check in dictionary, only showing the meaning of "close"? And, what is difference for church & chapel & cathedral abbey & monastery & abbot
Aug 31, 2019 11:19 AM
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Yes, here "intimate scale" means small (as compared to the other buildings around it). A church is a place of worship in the Christian religion. A chapel is smaller. A chapel can be inside a church, a small room reserved for prayer. It can also be a small place of worship NOT inside a church, See A cathedral is a very large, usually stone, building for Christian worship. It is the largest and most important church of a diocese (A diocese is a geographical and 'political' division of the Catholic church, and is controlled by the bishop. Priests are under/answer to the bishops) An abbey is a place where monks or nuns live, often (but not always) in isolation. An abbot lives in an abbey. He is the head monk in an abbey or monastery. A monastery is similar to an abbey. It is building or buildings occupied by a community of monks living under religious vows. (only for men) Except for the question about "intimate" these are things that you can VERY EASILY find out by using a dictionary. You should post questions here on things that are confusing to you, but not just easy definitions.
August 31, 2019
An "intimate" scale of architecture means a place designed to make us feel comfortable and at home. One of the things that makes a building seem "intimate" is that it isn't immense. It feels like other familiar buildings; a room in a house, a room in an office. The opposite of an "intimate" scale is a "monumental" scale. A monumental building is one that makes us gasp in awe and amazement, partly because of its huge size. To an ordinary native English speaker, when we hear words like "church," "chapel," and "cathedral" we know they are kinds of church buildings and we don't think too much about the technical distinctions. The same is true for "abbey" and "monastery." I know they are places, collections of buildings where religious communities live. I know that a "monastery" is male (and a "convent" is female), and that an "abbot" or "abbess" is the person who runs an abbey. If pressed, we guess at meanings from our general knowledge. For example, I've seen St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York, and of course pictures of famous cathedrals in Europe. Just recently, the Catheral of Notre Dame in Paris was in the news because of a terrible fire. So I know from my general knowledge that a "cathedral" is huge. If I need to look up the precise definition in church governance I can. Similarly, a local hospital has a little "chapel" in it, so I know that a chapel is just a small place, in this case a room decorated and designed for personal worship. If I need to know more than that, I look it up.
August 31, 2019
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