Sexpartite vault

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Sexpartite vaulting, Lyon Cathedral

In architecture, a sexpartite vault is a rib vault divided into six bays by two diagonal ribs and three transverse ribs.[1]

The principal examples are those in the Abbaye-aux-Hommes and Abbaye-aux-Dames at Caen (which were probably the earliest examples of a construction now looked upon as transitional), Notre-Dame de Paris, and the cathedrals of Bourges, Laon, Senlis and Sens; from the latter cathedral the sexpartite vault was brought by William of Sens to Canterbury, and it is afterwards found at Lincoln and in St Faith's Chapel,[2] Westminster Abbey.[3]

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  1. ^ Ching, Francis D.K. (1995). A Visual Dictionary of Architecture. New York: John Wiley and Sons. p. 263. ISBN 0-471-28451-3.
  2. ^ Saint Faith's Chapel - Westminster Abbey
  3. ^  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Sexpartite Vault". Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 24 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 749.