Quadrifrons

Four-square structures with two intersecting passageways and four façades. The axes are each symmetrically framed by columnar or arcuated architecture. The term is usually used in the context of monumental ancient Roman architecture. Quadrifrons were often built at right-angled crossroads and typically stood free.

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quadrifrons Latin
tetrapylons
quadrifrontes
tetrapylon French
tetrapylones Spanish
tetrápilo Spanish

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Four-square structures with two intersecting passageways and four façades. The axes are each symmetrically framed by columnar or arcuated architecture. The term is usually used in the context of monumental ancient Roman architecture. Quadrifrons were often built at right-angled crossroads and typically stood free. Quadrifrons could be triumphal or honorific in nature. Quadrifrons were particularly popular in North Africa. Notable examples are the Arch of Marcus Aurelius at Tripoli and the Janus Quadrifrons in Rome. The term can also refer to a sculptural form most often used as architectural ornamentation consisting of four faces or fronts looking out in four directions.

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Bibliography

  1. 1.  The Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus, 300005095. The J. Paul Getty Trust.