Great Architecture of the World

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John Julius Norwich
Da Capo Press, Feb 11, 2001 - Architecture - 288 pages
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Here is a brilliantly accessible chronicle of the greatest monuments created by mankind, told by fourteen of the most distinguished architectural historians and beautifully illustrated with more than 800 original diagrams, annotated drawings, and photographs—both a browser's delight and a superb reference tool.
  

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Contents

The Aegean
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Gazetteer
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Page 285 - ... metopes (qv) in the Doric frieze (Fig. 12). TROPHY: sculptured group of arms or armour, used as a memorial of victory. TRUMEAU: stone mullion (qv) supporting the tympanum (qv) of a wide doorway. TUMULUS: see Barrow. TURRET : very small tower, round or polygonal in plan. TUSCAN: see Order. TYMPANUM: space between the lintel of a doorway and the arch above it. UNDERCROFT: vaulted room, sometimes underground, below a church or chapel.
Page 285 - The shape consists of a continuous plane developing from a parabolic arch in one direction to a similar inverted parabola in another.
Page 285 - A lean-to roof has one slope only and is built against a higher wall. A mansard roof has a double slope. the lower being longer and steeper than the upper: named after Francois MANSART.
Page 284 - When the formwork Is removed. the concrete is found to have the texture of the material imprinted upon its surface. The formwork may be re-used if the type of construction is suitable. as in walls or repeating floor BAYS. Fortress. see CASTLE. Forum In Roman architecture. a central open space usually surrounded by public buildings and colonnades: it corresponds to the Greek AGORA. Fosse A ditch or moat. whether dry or wet. used in defence.
Page 284 - CROSSING. The space at the intersection of the nave, chancel, and transepts of a church; often surmounted by a crossing tower.

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About the author (2001)

John Julius Norwich is a world-famous historian who has made some thirty television documentaries. He is the author of many acclaimed books, including A History of Venice, Byzantium: The Early Centuries, Byzantium: The Apogee, and A Short History of Byzantium.

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