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Lintel beam element in Classical architecture / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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In classical architecture, an architrave (/ˈɑːrkɪtrv/; from Italian: architrave "chief beam", also called an epistyle;[1] from Greek ἐπίστυλον epistylon "door frame") is the lintel or beam that rests on the capitals of columns.

Architrave of the left-side portal in the facade of Sant'Ambrogio basilica in Milan, Italy (with a relieving arch above)
Architrave in the Basilica di San Salvatore, Spoleto, Italy.

The term can also apply to all sides, including the vertical members, of a frame with mouldings around a door or window. The word "architrave" has come to be used to refer more generally to a style of mouldings (or other elements) framing a door, window or other rectangular opening, where the horizontal "head" casing extends across the tops of the vertical side casings where the elements join (forming a butt joint, as opposed to a miter joint).[2]