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A style of architecture which prevailed in Europe c.1000–1200, although sometimes dated back to the end of the Roman Empire (5th century). Romanesque architecture is characterized by round arches and massive vaulting, and by heavy piers, columns, and walls with small windows. Although disseminated throughout western Europe, the style reached its fullest development in France and Germany; the equivalent style in England is often called Norman.

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