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A façade (/fəˈsɑːd/ (Loudspeaker.svglisten))[1] (also written facade) is generally the front part or exterior of a building. It is a loan word from the French façade (pronounced [fasad]), which means 'frontage' or 'face'.

Carlo Maderno's monumental façade of St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City
The façade of the Panthéon in Paris illuminated at night on 27 May 2015 for the admittance of Germaine Tillion, Geneviève de Gaulle-Anthonioz, Pierre Brossolette and Jean Zay to the mausoleum.

In architecture, the façade of a building is often the most important aspect from a design standpoint, as it sets the tone for the rest of the building. From the engineering perspective, the façade is also of great importance due to its impact on energy efficiency.[2] For historical façades, many local zoning regulations or other laws greatly restrict or even forbid their alteration.