Five-eighth ending

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Five-eighth closing (Heidenturmkirche in Alsheim)

The five -eighth closure (also: five-eighth closure or 58 closure ) is a variant of the polygonal closure of a choir in church architecture .


From the floor plan as a regular octagon -scale form of the choir five-eighths to be built; the other three sides of the octagon form the opening towards the choir and nave .

In the case of a long choir, in which the side walls are longer than the octagonal sides of the choir closure, the parallel outer built-over sides of the octagon can also be counted towards the side walls, after the remaining three sides the designation three -eighth closure (or three-eighths) Closing or 38 closing ).

The five - eighth key was preferred in Gothic and Neo-Gothic church architecture in continental Western Europe .


The 710 end (e.g. at the Elisabethkirche in Marburg ), the 712 end ("Hasenkamp" at the Paderborn Cathedral ) or the 914 end (am Aachen Cathedral ).

The English Gothic, however, preferred the rectangular choir . A rectangular choir or a (half) round end of the choir already marked the Romanesque church building.

Examples of the choir degrees mentioned


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  • Wilfried Koch: A brief history of architecture. Bertelsmann, Gütersloh 1967, pp. 95–96 ( small advice books , several editions).