Sunday, February 8, 2009

Russian Architectural Aspects

A major characteristic of Russian architecture is the famous domed cathedrals, created in the Byzantine style. These domes are held up by a geometric structure called a pendative. A Pendative is a hollow hemi-spherical dome with four slices cut from the sides and a hole in the center so that the weight of the dome on top of it can be equally distributed down into the four pillars of a
square room. This structure better distributes the weight of the dome and solves the problem of fitting a round dome to its square base.

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