Illustrated Architecture Dictionary


Circular building or room, esp. with a dome

"Rotunda, in Classical and Neoclassical architecture, building or room within a building that is circular or oval in plan and covered with a dome. The ancestor of the rotunda was the tholus (tholos) of ancient Greece, which was also circular but was usually shaped like a beehive above." - Encyclopaedia Britannica (online May 2021)


Peristyle: An open space surrounded by columns

Courtyard: An open space surrounded by walls or buildings, adjoining or within a building such as a large house or housing complex.

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