Glossary of Medieval Art and Architecture

screen facade: Used here to refer to a facade which is so highly decorated with sculpture or other decorative elements that it acts as a screen placed in front of the facade. It may seem to hide the face of the building from view.

Compare with narthex, westwork.
See also west end.

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Notre Dame de la Grande
Poitiers, France

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