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    Britannica Online
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      Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc.
    • Abstract:
      Early in the Middle Ages, when Latin was still the language of religious and political life in western Europe, a Christian church that contained the official “seat” or throne (cathedra) of a bishop was known as the ecclesia cathedralis, or “church of the throne.” As time went on ecclesia cathedralis was shortened into “cathedral,” the modern word for a church where a bishop presides.
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      Cathedral. Britannica Online, [s. l.], [s. d.]. Disponível em: Acesso em: 23 set. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Cathedral. Britannica Online. Accessed September 23, 2020.
    • APA:
      Cathedral. (n.d.). Britannica Online.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      “Cathedral.” 2020. Britannica Online. Accessed September 23.
    • Harvard:
      ‘Cathedral’ (no date) Britannica Online. Available at: (Accessed: 23 September 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      ‘Cathedral’ n.d., Britannica Online, viewed 23 September 2020, .
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      “Cathedral.” Britannica Online. EBSCOhost, Accessed 23 Sept. 2020.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      “Cathedral.” Britannica Online. Accessed September 23, 2020.
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      Cathedral. Britannica Online [Internet]. [cited 2020 Sep 23]; Available from: