PILASTER
A pilaster is an architectural feature, originating in ancient Roman architecture, which consists of a flat rectangular strip attached to the wall, sometimes with a fluted surface or more ornate decoration. Pilasters usually stand on a base and are topped by a capital. The name is also given to a similar structure on the outer sides of an altarpiece frame. In some cases the pilasters have figures of standing saints.

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