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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



a festive ceremonial awning over a throne, bed, or church altar. It was originally made of cloth but later also of stone, wood, or metal. The baldachin has been known in Russian architecture since the 11th century under the names sen’ and kivorii.

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baldachin, baldacchino, baldachino, baldaquin, ciborium

An ornamental canopy over an altar, usually supported on columns, or a similar form over a tomb or throne.
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