Frontispiece (architecture)

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Frontispiece of the Saint George Chapel, at the Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya, in Barcelona

In architecture, a frontispiece is the combination of elements that frame and decorate the main, or front, door to a building. The term is especially used when the main entrance is the chief face of the building rather than being kept behind columns or a portico. Early German churches often employed frontispieces to hide the aisles and nave.[1] In Kentucky, the frontispieces of Georgian buildings characteristically feature a lunette above the door and colonettes on either side.[2] In Chiapas, frontispieces are typically elongated.[3]


  1. ^ "The Mediaeval Architecture of Brabant". The American Architect and Building News. Boston: James Rosgood & Co. 16 (448): 41. July 26, 1884.
  2. ^ Lancaster, Clay (1991). Antebellum architecture of Kentucky. University Press of Kentucky. p. 120. ISBN 0-8131-1759-3.
  3. ^ Markman, Sidney David (1984). Architecture and urbanization in colonial Chiapas, Mexico. American Philosophical Society. p. 192. ISBN 0-87169-153-1.

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