Cathedrals

A Christian church that serves as the headquarters of a bishop. A cathedral is often a large church and located in a city, but neither condition is necessary to qualify as a cathedral; the designation is functional, not architectural.

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catedral Spanish
dom German
cathédrale French
cattedrale Italian
duomo Italian
kathedralen Dutch
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Churches that are the principal church of a diocese, serving as the seat of the bishop, or of the archbishop, primate, patriarch, or pope of the diocese. They are generally grandiose structures and house the "cathedra," which is the throne of the bishop.

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Bibliography

  1. 1.  The Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus, 300007501. The J. Paul Getty Trust.