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1911 Encyclopedia Britannica

Sexpartite Vault

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In architecture, a name given to the single bay of a vault, which, in addition to the transverse and diagonal ribs, has been divided by a second transverse rib, forming six compartments. The principal examples are those in the Abbaye-aux-Hommes and Abbaye-aux-Dames at Caen (which were probably the earliest examples of a construction now looked upon as transitional), Notre Dame, Paris, and the cathedrals of Bourges, Laon, Noyon, Senlis and Sens; from the latter cathedral the sexpartite vault was brought by William of Sens to Canterbury, and it is afterwards found at Lincoln and in St Faith's Chapel, Westminster Abbey.


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Chisholm, Hugh, General Editor. Entry for 'Sexpartite Vault'. 1911 Encyclopedia Britanica. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/bri/s/sexpartite-vault.html. 1910.

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