Graphical Construction Glossary >> masonry. >> arch >> Accolade
These features are used to extend the visual impact of an opening. In the case above we see the entrance door to one of London's oldest churches. The Priory Church of Saint Bartholomew the Great in West Smithfield. This later entrance reveals a twelth century interior.
Most authorities state that these features are often highly decorated, and I guess the don't get more decorated than this.
Above are the accoladed pediments of Saint Mark's Basilica in Venice. Or, as it is correctly named, the Patriarchal Cathedral Basilica of Saint Mark. (Basilica Cattedrale Patriarcale di San Marco )
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