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Helm Roof
A roof usually to a rectangular tower that has four gables with the ridges rising from the gables to give the effect of a sharpened stake.
Used on steeples.

A helm roof

Presumably named after it's resemblance to a helm or helmet this roof is defined by the shape of the gables that it springs from.

steeple roof in cologne germany

A variation of the same roof sat on top of an octagonal tower, giving a completely different effect.

Both of these roofs on the Romanesque basilica of St. George in Cologne, Germany.

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