A blind arcade or blank arcade is an arcade (a series of arches) that has no actual openings and that is applied to the surface of a wall as a decorative element: i.e., the arches are not windows or openings but are part of the masonry face. It is designed as an ornamental architectural element and has no load-bearing function.
Whereas a blind arch is usually a single arch or a series of joined arches as a frieze (sometimes called Lombard band), a blind arcade is composed of a series of arches that have well-defined columns in between its arches.
A blind arcade may resemble several blind windows (false/blank windows or sealed-up windows) or blind niches that are side by side.
Blind arcades are a common decorative features on the facades of Romanesque and Gothic buildings throughout Western Europe, and are also a common feature in Byzantine Orthodox churches in Eastern Europe, and in Armenian churches.
Norwich Cathedral, Norfolk, United Kingdom
Apse interior of Church of Santa María a Real do Sar,
Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Canterbury Cathedral, England
Torre del Oro,
Apse exterior of Norman church of Santi Pietro e Paolo d'Agrò,
Casalvecchio Siculo, Sicily
Linköping Cathedral, Sweden
San Miniato al Monte,
Great Mosque of Kairouan (Mosque of Uqba), Tunisia
Blind arcade on Ardmore Cathedral, Ireland, with sculpted Biblical scenes (12th century)
- ^ a b Harris, Cyril M. (2013). Illustrated Dictionary of Historic Architecture. Courier. ISBN 978-0-486-13211-2.
Blank arcade. Same as blind arcade. […] blank/blind/false window. 1. A recess […] having the external appearance of a window. 2. A window which has been sealed off but is still visible.
- Dictionary of French Architecture from the 11th to 16th century/Volume 1/Blind Arcade
- The Monasery of Marmashen