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Series of columns in a straight line supporting an entablature: when standing before a building, supports a roof, and serves as a porch, it is a portico; and if it is carried around three or four sides of a building exterior or round a court or garden it is a peristyle. A colonnade is defined in terms of its number of columns (see portico) and in terms of spaces between columns (see interco-lumniation). See also temple.

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