groin vault

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A series of groin vaults forming a groin vault ceiling at the upper level loggia of the Basilica Palladiana in Vicenza, Italy

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groin vault (plural groin vaults)

  1. (architecture) A vault resulting from the intersection of two barrel-vaults crossing in a right angle. Its thrusts are concentrated along the groins or arrises and eventually at the four corners

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