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Portico

An elaborate or at least covered porch area adjacent to a main entrance, generally in a classical building. The portico functions as a means to protect visitors from the elements as well as emphasizing the taste and wealth of the owner.

   
 
Rome - Italy
     
Pedimented Portico - Hamilton
 
       
 
Dundas
 
Santa Annunziata - Florence - Italy
 
Sault Ste. Marie
 
       
 
St. Peter's - Geneva - Switzerland
 
Rome - Italy
 
Brunelleschi - Hospital of the Innocents - Florence Italy (1420)