Illustrated Architecture Dictionary

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A dome, usually small, topping a roof or turret

Latin: "cupa" = cup. A cupola is a spherical roof, placed like an inverted cup over a circular, square or multangular apartment

Sometimes supported by a drum: sometimes topped with a lantern

Crossing: The space at the interior intersection of the nave, chancel, and transept of a church; often surmounted by a crossing tower or dome/cupola.

Belvedere: One type of cupola is a belvedere

Found in classical Greek and Roman architecture and derivatives, including
Beaux Arts Classicism, Classical Revival, Federal, Georgian Revival, Greek Revival, Neoclassicism, Renaissance Revival, Second Empire

See also:  Just What is a Cupola Anyway?  (online Jan. 2017)

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