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There is a word, I believe it starts with a 'c', that describes windows whose function is to provide light or create a feeling of openness rather than to see outdoors because they are so high that seeing out of them isn't feasible. Here is a picture of a church containing windows of this type:

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Thank you!

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You are close. You are thinking clerestory.

In architecture, clerestory (/ˈklɪərstɔri/; lit. clear storey, also clearstory, clearstorey, or overstorey) are any high windows above eye level.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clerestory

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    Dangit, you could have waited 15 seconds... ;-) – Matt Gutting Mar 19 '15 at 13:42
  • Wow, I expected that to take longer! Thank you very much, I've been trying to remember this for a while – sirdank Mar 19 '15 at 13:54
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    Argh, now I'm going to have to start pronouncing it differently. (On the infrequent occasions where I've seen it used, I've always read it as "cle-RESS-to-ree".) – Hellion Mar 19 '15 at 15:35
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What about Skylight.

noun noun: skylight; plural noun: skylights

a window installed in a roof or ceiling.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skylight

  • Thanks, Neil, but I was looking specifically for the word 'clerestory'. – sirdank Mar 19 '15 at 20:59

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