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, printed from the Looking at Buildings website on Saturday 5th December 2020

Rib Vaults

RIB-VAULT [1] the main thrust is carried by masonry ribs to the corners of each bayGlossary Term [2]. The ribs of cut stone form a framework, so that lighter material can be used to fill the cells in between. The adoption of the stronger and more adaptable pointed archGlossary Term [3], a concept borrowed from the eastern Mediterranean, made it possible to vaultGlossary Term [4] awkwardly shaped spaces while keeping the vaultGlossary Term [5] to a more or less even height.

vaultGlossary Term [6] simulating stone was provided instead.

Last updated: Monday, 26th January 2009