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Styles & Traditions


It developed from the architecture of Ancient Italy rather than Greece, in particular from the temples of the Etruscans, who lived in the part of central Italy that includes modern Tuscany. It is therefore often associated with ancient or rural simplicity.

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The Banqueting House

Sometimes these also project diagonally outwards, so that all four sides can look the same (called angle volutesGlossary Term). Otherwise they run back from the main outer edge, like a roll of bedding curled up at each end. The shafts can be fluted or plain. On the corniceGlossary Term, there is usually a row of little blocks called dentils set just below the main overhang. The friezeGlossary Term can be plain or ornamented; sometimes it bulges outwards (called a pulvinatedGlossary Term friezeGlossary Term).

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St Bartholomew's Hospital, Gatehouse

Another variant has a band of decoration (called a swagGlossary Term or a festoonGlossary Term) stretching between the volutesGlossary Term.


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