Cupolas

A small dome, often resembling an overturned cup, typically used to crown a turret, roof, or larger dome. The term may also refer to the inner vault of a dome.

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cupolas
cupola
koepeltjes Dutch
koepeltje Dutch
coupoles French
coupole French
cupulinos Spanish
cupulino Spanish
cupulín Spanish
domo Spanish
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Generally refers to small domes, often resembling overturned cups or bulbs, placed on a circular, polygonal, or square base or on small pillars or a glassed-in lantern or skylight. A cupola is typically used to crown a turret, roof, or larger dome. The term may also refer specifically to the inner vault of a dome. When these structures are intended to be used as lookouts, prefer "belvederes"; for windowed superstructures on roofs or domes used to admit light or air to the space below, use "lanterns (roof appendages)." To refer specifically to onion-shaped domes of any size, use "onion domes."

A small dome rising above a roof, usually with a band of small windows or openings.

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Bibliography

  1. 1.  The Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus, 300002230. The J. Paul Getty Trust.
  2. 2.  Norman Tyler; Ted J. Ligibel; Ilene R. Tyler. Historic Preservation: An Introduction to Its History, Principles, and Practice, p. 361. W. W. Norton & Company. 4 February 2009.