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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The archivolt above the door, which led to the back room, was decorated in the same way.
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.