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Entablature of a Classical building in the Ionic order

Entablature of a Classical building in the Ionic order

A Handbook of Architectural Styles by A. Rosengarten, 1898
Definition:

In Classical architecture, the entablature is the upper portion of a building, above the columns and below the roof. The entablature has three main parts:

  1. Architrave
  2. Frieze
  3. Cornice
The design of a Classical entablature is determined by the Classical Orders of Architecture. Shown here is an entablature from the Ionic order.
Common Misspellings: entabature, entabalature, entableture, entlabature, entabiture
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