Archivolt


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archivolt

[′är·kə‚vōlt]
(architecture)
The band or molding surrounding an arch.
The architectural members of the inner surface of an arch.

Archivolt

The ornamental molding running around the exterior curve of an arch, around the openings of windows, doors, and other openings.

archivolt

archivolt
An architrave modified by being carried around a curved opening instead of a rectangular one; an ornamental molding or band of moldings on the face of an arch following the contour of the extrados.
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14th-century stone figures from the archivolt of the St Peter Portal, Cologne Cathedral, displayed In a gallery at Kolumba
Medieval architecture in Wallachia and Moldavia is unmistakably Byzantine with some admixture of Islamic art motifs (Turkish, Armenian, Georgian or Persian), but in Moldavia, unlike Wallachia, there are elements of Gothic church architecture clearly visible in the gently arched or sharply pointed shape of doors and windows (a few of them deeply recessed, with archivolts and occasionally painted, rarely sculptured, tympanums, and with Gothic tracery), in the presence of buttresses, some of them stepped (of which few reach up to the roof, but most of them don't), and in the window-and-door frames and mouldings (scotias, toruses, ovolos and fillets) and other ornamental decorations (blind arcading, niches, ceramic roundels) of a number of churches, some of them with ribbed vaulting (e.
Doors, windows, buttresses and archivolts are built in stone, steeples are brick, just like, occasionally, the upper section of the church.
Open Access explores the history, development, and accrued connotations of a distinctive entry configuration comprised of a set of concentrically stepped archivolts surrounding a deliberate tympanum-free portal opening.
During these latter periods the porches with their tympanums, archivolts, columns and galleries as well as other parts of the buildings were lavishly decorated with figures ostensibly intended to support liturgical text (Fleming, 1995: 208-209).
The west portal's tympanum reflects an early attempt at recycling: the archivolts surrounding the tympanum were made in the sixteenth century from a collection of disused stone columns, cut into small pieces and placed horizontally around the portal.