Cupolas have existed for thousands of years, yet most people have no clue what they are. Cupolas are modest dome-like ornamental structures that are place on top of a roof structure. First used in barns, cupolas now are seen everywhere on all sorts of structures.
They typically include three pieces: foundation, air vents – frequently known as louvers and the cap – that may have a weathervane of point on the top. In general, the cupola’s foundation conforms or shapes to the actual structure and pitch of the roof top, rendering it fully included in the structure.
Many cupolas like the Old Synagogue in Hungary and the Cathedral of Montefiascone in Italy have cupolas as well. And while their origins are age-old, cupolas are used in space on the International Space Station.
Cupolas are cool ornamental pieces and look good on residences, sheds or even mosques ore even in space.
Infographic courtesy of Cape Cod Weathervane Company
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