Glossary of Medieval Art and Architecture

centrally-planned building: A building in which the sides are of equal length and in which the main space is symmetrical when bisected laterally and longitudinally. A centrally-planned building may be square, circular, or polygonal. The most important feature of a centrally-planned building is the open space at the center of the building, developed around a vertical axis.

Contrast with longitudinally-planned building.

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Plan of Charlemagne's Palatine Chapel, Aachen

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