Alcove (architecture)

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In architecture, an alcove is a small recessed section of a room or an arched opening (as in a wall).[1] The section is partially enclosed by such vertical elements as walls, pillars and balustrades.[2]


The word alcove originates from Arabic: القبة, al-, 'the', and qubbah, 'vault', through the Spanish, alcoba).[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "alcove". Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Merriam-Webster, Inc. 2019. Archived from the original on 2019-02-02. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  2. ^ "Alcove". Designing Buildings Wiki. Archived from the original on 27 December 2017. Retrieved 27 December 2017.

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Alcoves at Wikimedia Commons