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Westworks

LC control no.sh2004000323
Topical headingWestworks
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Variant(s)Westwerk
Westwork
See alsoChurch architecture
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Found inWork cat.: 2002506335: Sinopien und Stuck im Westwerk der karolingischen Klosterkirche von Corvey, 2002.
AAT, Mar. 29, 2004 (westworks; westwork; use for the western ends of certain Carolingian and Ottonian churches, having an entrance hall, upper-level chapel, and towers)
Britannica online, Mar. 29, 2004 under Carolingian art (westwork, or fortresslike construction with towers and inner rooms through which one entered the nave)
Groveart, Mar. 29, 2004 (westwork; Ger. Westwerk; ecclesiastical, semi-independent western forebuilding, containing certain distinct elements: a multi-storey internal space, commonly raised upon a crypt vestibule and culminating in a tower structure, surrounded by aisles with surmounting galleries, and with subsidiary stair-turrets expressed as external features, the whole ensemble having some specific liturgical use; occurred in western Europe between c. AD 800 and c. 1200)
Thames & Hudson dict. art terms, 1984: Westworks (A structure to the west of the nave of a Carolingian, Ottonian, or Romanesque church, generally presenting an impressive many-storied fac╠žade with towers on the exterior, and within consisting basically of a vestibule, or species of narthex, and an upper room and galleries opening into the nave)