is a Christian nation, though other religions are practiced. Churches are very
prevalent even in villages.
vary in size and quality, depending on the wealth of a village. Some churches
are made of very brickwork with metal roofing. Others are just a simple thatch
roof supported by poles. The church is the largest structure in the village
because it holds a large amount of people. Has to have a large enclosure to
hold people in. Bricks are not always affordable so reedmats are sometimes used
for infill between poles or columns.
span of the roof is the biggest concern. The longer the span the higher the
roof and the more material which is used. Many villages build a shallow roof
which over time sags and eventually leaks.
length of the church has no limitations because it is a bay system. Either poles
or brick columns support the roof structure. Walls become mainly infill but
add to the support and rigidity as well.
treated specially to give emphasis. A wall or screen is placed in front of the
door and people go around the screen.
brickwork can be very elaborate. Creating window openings can be simple, have
and arch or a crown.
poles in the shape of a "Y" are used to support a plank of wood which
serves as a pew.
for the roof is from brick columns, large poles or walls themselves.
in theory is a repetitive system, each a bay which can be any length.
can be placed in the infill of these bays. Light is needed in the space.
enclosed in a space
looking at an altar
is a church in northwest province, it is constructed of burnt brick and a metal