Last edited 28 Jun 2021



In classical, neoclassical and baroque architecture, a pediment is the triangular gable that forms the end of a pitched roof. It is placed above the horizontal entablature which is typically supported by columns. It is also sometimes seen as the top element of a portico.

In classical Greek temples, the pediment was the crowning feature of the front elevation, with the tympanum (the area within the pediment) being decorated with relief sculptures depicting mythological figures and scenes.

The Romans later adapted the pediment as a decorative finish for doors, windows and niches.

There are a number of variations of the traditional pediment:

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