Illustrated Architecture Dictionary


A raised platform in a church, usually enclosed, where the minister or preacher stands to conduct the sermon.

Elaborate pulpits include on overhead canopy.

Etymology: Latin "ulpitum": scaffold, platform, stage.

Equivalent platforms for speakers are the bema (bima, bimah) of Ancient Greece and Jewish synagogues, and the  minbar of Islamic mosques.

Examples from Buffalo architecture:

Other examples:

Photos and their arrangement 2007 Chuck LaChiusa
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