Illustrated Architecture Dictionary

Tympanum
TIM pa num

The semi-circular or triangular recessed space forming the center of a pediment; typically decorated

Found in almost all styles of architecture:

Classical Greek and Roman architecture, and in derivatives from the Renaissance onwards:  usually triangular

Romanesque architecture:  semi-circular

Gothic architecture: come to a point at the top

Examples from Buffalo architecture:

Other examples:


Photos and their arrangement 2002 Chuck LaChiusa
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