espadana

espadaña

In Mission architecture, a decorative gable end of a church having a multicurved mission parapet; the gable end often has a false front, designed to be impressive; it usually does not house a bell.
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The ceremonial use of the threatened "Espadana" cycad (Dioon merolae, Zamiaccae) by a community of the central depression of Chiapas, Mexico.