Pillars, Porticos and Pilasters
The architecture of Edinburgh’s New Town draws inspiration from ancient Rome and Greece. Look out for these features as you walk around.
Doric capital – the plainest design with a circle topped by a square.
Ionic capital – a more elaborate design with two scrolls known as a volute.
Corinthian capital – the most decorative with flowers and leaves underneath scrolls.
Entablature – the bands and mouldings on top of the columns.
Pilasters – a slightly projecting column, applied to a wall as a decorative feature.
Portico – a porch leading to the entrance of the building.