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an ornamental hanging of rich fabric hung behind the altar of a church or at the sides of a chancel


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"Behind the stunning high altar screen lie the remains of Cuthbert, the saintly seventh century bishop of Lindisfarne, and this part of the cathedral has a real presence," says Jo.
A carved and painted altar rail and an elaborate reredos, or altar screen, are decorated with painted designs and religious symbols.
He gestured towards a line of icons that decorated the altar screen, the focus of the church.
Guadalupe St.; 988-2027) features a wondrous baroque altar screen depicting the Virgin of Guadalupe and the Holy Trinity.
At the same time, SCAS also acquired an 1830 altar screen by master santero Jose Rafael Aragon from a decommissioned church to launch its collection of traditional masterworks.
Restoring just a single altar screen can cost $45,000; to re-roof and plaster a church $160,000.
What to see: Start in the huge St Baafskathedral, which houses Ghent's most prized possession - a panelled altar screen painted by Jan Van Eyck.