Glossary of Medieval Architecture

impost block or abacus: The slab at the top of a capital between the capital and the architectural member above.

See also column, pier
Other parts of a column or pier: capital, shaft, base

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Capital at Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire
Image adapted from Dehio and von Bezold, Die Kirchliche Baukunst des Abendlands.

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