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House of Commons, Palace of Westminster, London: the debating chamber with galleries supported by slender iron pillars, adorned with Corinthian capitals and sconces

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Wren, Sir Christopher (1632-1723)
SOURCE: R. Ackermann. The Microcosm of London (London, 1835), vol. I, pl. 21 NOTES: In the reign of Queen Anne, Wren was commissioned to build galleries in the chamber, the former St Stephen's Chapel, to accomodate the new Scottish members.

Coffee house in the market square, Prades, Eastern Pyrenees

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NOTES: The pink marble columns were stolen centuries ago from the Catalan Benedictine abbey of Saint Michel de Cuxa in the Eastern Pyrenees.

Schloss Sanssouci, Potsdam: close-up of the dome, cornice and corthinian columns in the white and gold oval Marble Hall (Marmosaal)

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Knobelsdorff, Georg Wenzeslaus von (1699-1753)
NOTES: Sanssouci was the summer palace of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia. Built above a terraced vineyard in 1745-1747, it is essentially a single-storey villa, containing ten principal rooms. The Marble Hall, completed in 1749, was designed as the principal reception room and was used by Frederick as an informal dining room.

Palais Garnier (Opera de Paris), Place de l'Opera, Paris: plaster model of capital for the columns on the facade

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Garnier, Charles (1825-1898)
SOURCE: Charles Garnier. Le nouvel opera de Paris. Sculpture ornamentale (Paris, 1875), pl. 27

Temple of Ceres and Basilica (or Temple of Hera I), Paestum: details of columns, capitals and entablatures

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SOURCE: Thomas Major, Les Ruines de Paestum: ou de Posidonie, dans la Grande Grece (London, 1768), pl. 23
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