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Originally known as the Diocletian
Window in Rome (302 AD), the Palladian window is divided into three sections,
the center of which has an arched or semicircular head and is wider than the
other two (see photo below). It became popular during the 16th century Renaissance,
experienced a classic revival in the 18th century, and became an
important characteristic of Post Modern architecture in the 20th
A modern interpretation of a Palladium window.
Single section windows with an
arched head is often confused with the classic Palladian style. The proper descriptive
term is Fan window. (See photo above)