a cupola consists of a dome-shaped ornamental structure,
located on a larger roof or dome and is primarily used for
letting in light or as a lookout. The word “cupola” comes
from the Latin meaning “little cupo” or little
dome and originally referred to the small domes that topped
cathedrals, which let light to enter the sanctuary.
some cases, the entire main roof of the tower or spire can
form a single cupola, on such places
as cathedrals, from ancient Rome, where St. Peter’s
Basilica is located, to modern-day mansions. More frequently,
the cupola covers a smaller structure that sits atop a
roof, such as on a weather vane or church building. If
the cupola can be reached by stairs, it is called a belvedere
or widow’s walk. Some cupolas, called lanterns, have
small windows which illuminate the areas below, giving
it a classy, elegant look.
| Cupolas gained popularity in Europe towards the end of the 17th century and
became all the rage in the mid-eastern United States, after the revolutionary
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