The Architecture of the Early Christian Church


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Why did early Christians worship in house churches?

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1. In which room of a house church were new Christians sacramentally immersed in water?

2. When did Christians begin worshiping in basilicas?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Early Christians worshipped in two types of churches: the house church and the basilica. See what you know about the architecture of these two places of worship with this quiz/worksheet combo. Things you'll need to know about to pass the quiz include the use of house churches and the architectural elements of a basilica.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will test you on the following:

  • Why early Christians worshipped in house churches
  • The name of the room in a house church where new Christians were sacramentally immersed in water
  • When Christians began worshipping in basilicas
  • The name for the central gathering area of a basilica
  • The part of a basilica that contains the altar and the cathedra

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about early Christian churches in a different light
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as nave and apse
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding early church architecture
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about house churches and basilicas

Additional Learning

To learn more about early Christian places of worship, review the corresponding lesson Early Christian Church Architecture. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn about early Christian churches
  • Discuss the plan of a house church
  • Explore the architecture of a basilica