STILTED , a
See also:term in architecture, given to anything raised above its usual level; it is usually applied to the arch, which is said to be stilted when its centre is raised above the capital or
See also:impost . In
See also:Byzantine architecture this was frequently done in
See also:order to give more importance to the twin
See also:arches of the windows, and less to the
See also:shaft which divided them . In Romanesque and
See also:work the stilted arch was often employed in the semi-circular apses, where in consequence of the closer juxtaposition of the columns
See also:round the apse the arches were much narrower than those of the
See also:choir; in order, however, that the
See also:apex of all the arches should be of the same height, the apse arches were stilted .
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