Glossary of Medieval Art and Architecture

column: A cylindrical support, usually structural but often decorative.

Parts of a column: abacus or impost block, capital, shaft, column base.
Compare with pilaster, pier.
See also applied or engaged column, arcade, colonnade.

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Examples of columns

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