Portico

A portico is an architectural feature that functions as a covered entrance to a building, supported by regularly spaced columns or pillars. The structure often consists of a roofed area, which can be open or enclosed by walls, extending over a walkway or a porch. Originating in ancient Greece, porticos have been adopted in various forms throughout many cultures and periods, serving both practical and decorative purposes. They provide shelter from the elements for those entering or leaving a building and can also enhance the aesthetic appeal of the fa├žade. In classical architecture, porticos are distinguished by the order of columns they employ, such as Doric, Ionic, or Corinthian, and their inclusion can signify grandeur and formality. They are a common feature in temples, public buildings, and private homes, often contributing to a structure’s symmetry and balance.

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