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A triangular shaped architectural structure used to crown the classic temple positioned between the trabeation and the roof slopes (it encloses the tympanum in the middle). Often decorated by statues and reliefs. In general however it indicates the summit of a façade covered by a double-pitch roof and the crowning of doors, windows, niches, aedicules.


In early-Christian basilicas it indicated the space on the lesser naves, that overlooked the main nave by means of arcades (called matroneo). Beginning from the Romanesque period galleries also become frequent on the façade and on the external walls of the church, with a decorative function.


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