Last edited 14 May 2020

Blind arcade

A blind arcade is a series of blind arches that are filled-in instead of being left open as with traditional arcades. Rather than having a load-bearing function, a blind arcade is often included in masonry facades as an ornamental element, with well-defined columns.

Blind arcades are common decorative features in Romanesque and Gothic architecture throughout Europe, as well as being found in Byzantine Orthodox and Armenian churches.

A variation of the blind arcade is the ‘raking blind arcade’ which is a blind arcade that is slanted to varying degrees.

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