Edinburgh World Heritage - Pillars, Porticos and Pilasters

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.


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