basilica

[ buh-sil-i-kuh, -zil- ]SEE DEFINITION OF basilica

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Indeed the form of the construction of our churches was taken from these Roman basilica.

It is evident that the Grotto would be hers, the Basilica also.

He was tempted to return to the Basilica, and cry the truth aloud to Marie.

On entering the basilica Pierre had fancied that it was quite empty and lifeless.

A disagreeable surprise met Pierre on his entry into the Basilica.

To whom that basilica was consecrated Procopius does not say.

Tenebræ had been going on for some time in the Basilica, and the people were singing the Miserere.

Several bridges were also erected, and Cato the Censor is said to have built a basilica.

This disposition continues in basilica churches to the present day.

The whole of these arrangements were copied in the basilica churches.

WORD ORIGIN

1540s, from Latin basilica "building of a court of justice," and, by extension, church built on the plan of one, from Greek (stoa) basilike "royal (portal)," the portico of the archon basileus, the official who dispensed justice in Athens, from basileus "king" (see Basil). In Rome, applied specifically to the seven principal churches founded by Constantine.

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