Illustrated Architecture Dictionary

Ambulatory
AM bya la TORE ee

1 - A passageway around the apse of a church

2- A covered walk of a cloister

The first example of an ambualtory with chapels comes from St.-Denis Abbey, just outside of Paris, France. Suger's conception of the ambulatory with its "radiating" chapels was partnered with filtered light through stained-glass windows, On the side of the ambulatory facing the outer wall, there are chapels that extend the outer wall.

Ambulatories (definition #1) are somewhat rare in America, but common in Europe.


Examples:


Photos and their arrangement 2005 Chuck LaChiusa
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