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Glossary

Barrel-vaulted; Barrel vault; Barrel vaulted

A curved ceiling formed like a continuous semi-circular arch. Barrel vaults are the simplest kind of vault - but immensely heavy, so may require buttresses on the outside of the building to support them.

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