In classical architecture, a pedestal is used as a base to support columns, statues or other ornaments. A classical pedestal may be square, octagonal or circular and is usually made up of three elements:
- Plinth: This is the lowest part of the base of a column or pedestal. The plinth distributes the column’s weight.
- Die: This is a rectangular block that separates the base from the cap.
- Cap: This is the uppermost element in a pedestal.
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