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Architectural terms, their definitions in English and their translations

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A representation of Christ, the Virgin Mary, or a saint, especially one painted in oil on a wooden panel, depicted in a traditional Byzantine style and venerated in the Eastern Church.


In Eastern Christianity, a wall of icons and religious paintings, separating the nave from the sanctuary in a church.


Pattern that is produced by cutting or etching into the material. The design is engraved below the surface.

Incrustation / Encrustation

A decorative technique in which a contrasting material is applied to a surface as an inlay or overlay


1.A nook or corner beside an open fireplace

  1. A bench, especially either of two facing benches, placed in a nook or corner beside a fireplace
International Style

A style of architecture applied to residences and public buildings that is minimalist in concept, is devoid of regional characteristics, stresses functionalism, and rejects all nonessential decorative elements; typically this style emphasizes the horizontal aspects of a building.


One of the five classical orders, characterized by capitals with spiral elements called “volutes,” a fasciated entablature, continuous frieze, dentils in its cornice, and by its elegant detailing.

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