fan vaulting

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an elaborate system of vaulting in which the ribs diverge like fans

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The magnificent ceilings are the world's first example of fan vaulting. The western side of the cloisters has a perfectly preserved lavatorium; on the west side, twenty carrels constituted the monks' scriptorium.
The five bedroom property is notable for some unusual quality detail, most obvious, the elegant arched windows and doors, echoed cleverly in the main hallway where curving arched ceilings converge in some lovely fan vaulting. Also a tribute to the designer's restraint is the successful combination of Mediterranean flavour and 'English classical elegance', say the selling agents.
I hear the voices of the Renaissance polyphony meet and cross each other so that their different rhythms create a complex pattern and, while I listen, my eye follows the intricate criss-crossing lines of the fan vaulting of the ceiling--an example of architectural structure being turned into something decorative and beautiful.
Some churches were completely rebuilt in the lavish 'Perpendicular' style with elaborate fan vaulting and massive stained glass windows.
Around the proscenium arch are saints in niches and the borders are beautifully painted to represent fan vaulting. When the great dropcloths come in, you marvel at Mr Durrant's skill while the glitter and fireworks of the two spectacular act finales tells us that the Hippo has come back this year with a huge bang.