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Buttress

An exterior masonry projection from a wall to create additional strength and support for roof vaults. In Canadian architecture, these are sometimes used as ornament.

   
 
Belleville
     
Thunder Bay
 
       
 
Winchester - England
 
St. Gatien - Tours - France
 
London - England
 
       
 
Gaudi - Sagrada Familia - Barcelona - Spain
 
Megeve - France
 
King's College - Cambridge - England (16th c.)