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A portal is an opening in a wall of a building, gate or fortification, especially a grand entrance to an important structure.[page needed]
Doors, metal gates, or portcullis in the opening can be used to control entry or exit. The surface surrounding the opening may be made of simple building materials or decorated with ornamentation. The elements of a portal can include the voussoir, tympanum, an ornamented mullion or trumeau between doors, and columns with carvings of saints in the westwork of a church.
Baroque portal of a private palace in Brescia
Wooden portal of the Church of St. Victor in Dülmen
Romanesque portal of the Church of São Martinho de Cedofeita, with nested arches
Gothic portal of the church in Hronský Beňadik
Romantic portal of the St. John's Cathedral in Tampere
Gothic portal of the Cathedral of Saint Stephen in Metz
Taşkapı (stone gatehouse) of the Hatuniye Medresesi in Karaman
The term portal is also applied to the ends of a tunnel.
- ^ Ching, Francis (1997). A Visual Dictionary of Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold. ISBN 0-442-02462-2.