Architectural terms (16 pages found in this category)


Ambulatory

General term for a covered walkway, and more specifically for the walkway linking the two chancel aisles behind the high altar.

Apse

Semicircular or polygonal termination of the chancel, which is typically situated at the eastern end of a Christian church.

Bell-cote

A shelter containing one or more bells.

Caryatid

Sculpted female figure, usually clad in long robes, serving as an architectural support, taking the place of a column or pillar.

Garth

Small piece of enclosed ground.

Lancet window

Tall, narrow window typically associated with the Gothic architectural style.

Peristyle

Range of columns surrounding an architectural feature.

Peristylium

Redirected to peristyle.

Piano nobile

Main floor of a Palladian or Georgian building.

Porte-cochère

From the French meaning “coach door”, also known as a coach gate or carriage porch, a covered porch-like structure at a main or secondary entrance to a building that gives access to a vehicle while providing arriving and departing occupants with protection from the elements.