Mizbayach

Synonyms:
Altar, miz-BAY-akh, מִּזְבֵּחַ
Altar (Wikipedia)
Altar in Roskilde Cathedral dwarfed by a huge carved reredos

An altar is a structure upon which offerings such as sacrifices are made for religious purposes. Altars are found at shrines, temples, churches and other places of worship. They are used particularly in Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Shinto and Taoism. Judaism used such a structure until the destruction of the Second Temple. Many historical faiths also made use of them, including Roman, Greek and Norse religion.

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