Pendentives & Squinches in Architecture


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Pendentives and squinches are used to help solve which architectural problem?

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1. You look up at a dome and see that it is supported by four chunky rectangular supports that fit diagonally across the room's square corners. What type of architectural support are you seeing?

2. Where did the use of squinches and pendentives as architectural supports first develop?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet set will help you make sure you know about squinches and pendentives. See if you can explain what these are and how they are used in architecture.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this quiz to find out if you can explain:

  • The source of these architectural designs
  • What pendentives and squinches look like
  • The overall purpose of these two architectural features

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the use of pendentives and squinches in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding what each of these two architectural features looks like
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the history and current use of pendentives and squinches

Additional Learning

You can learn more about architectural history by reading the lesson titled Pendentives & Squinches in Architecture. New concepts covered will include:

  • Differences in appearance between these two architectural features
  • Famous examples of these features
  • Which of these designs is believed to have been developed first