Graphical Construction Glossary >> Roofs and roofing. >> Roof Coverings >> Imbrex and tegula
Terra Cotta tiles on a roof of the fifteen hundred years old basilica of Sant'Apollinare in Classe, in the North Italian town of Ravenna.
The tiles that are used as capping for the parapet wall are the same as the ones on the main roof and the turn ups at the sides can clearly be seen.
Also in Ravenna this close up of tiles at the basilica of San Vitale shows that mortar was sometimes used to bed the tiles.
Another shot taken at San Vitale clearly shows the small rebates in the tegulae, underneath at the bottom and on top at the top of each tile, that allow them to overlap. Another way of doing the same thing was to make the Tegulae wider at the top to allow the one higher up to sit inside the pan.
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