The Silk Road Hunt, presented by Historical Hunts Ltd., is on for the month of June. This year’s theme is Byzantium, the city also known as Constantinople and Istanbul – the traditional western terminus of the fabled Silk Road.
Themed events and hunts always send us on a research quest (one of the reasons we like them), and this time it was architecture that caught our fancy. We created this gazebo with a dome supported by a structure called a ‘pendentive’ in each of the four corners. Pendentives are a common, characteristic feature of Byzantine architecture.
Basically, a pendentive is what you get when you support a dome with another dome that is sliced off on the four sides to make the base square. It is one of the ways to create a round dome on a square base. The curved triangles left of the lower dome are the pendentives.
Enjoy this pendentive dome hunt prize from Spyralle until the end of June!