Hagioscope (from Gr. άγιος, holy, and σκοπεῖν, to see) or squint is an architectural term denoting a small splayed opening or tunnel at seated eye-level, through an internal masonry dividing wall of a church in an oblique direction (south-east or north-east), to enable one or more worshippers in side-chapels, private manorial chapels, chantry chapels at the east ends of the aisles, or other parts of the church from which the high altar in the chancel was not visible, to view the elevation of the host, in Roman Catholic and pre-Reformation usage, the most sacred part of the mass at which point a bell was rung and the congregation was required to make the sign of the cross.

Source: Italian

Plural: Aġjoskopji


Acropolis (Ancient Greek: ἀκρόπολις, akropolis; from akros (άκρος) or akron (άκρον), “highest, topmost, outermost” and polis (πόλις), “city”; plural in English: acropoles, acropoleis or acropolises) was in ancient Greece a settlement, especially a citadel, built upon an area of elevated ground—frequently a hill with precipitous sides, chosen for purposes of defense.

Source: Italian

Plural: Akropolijiet


Acroterion or acroterium or akroteria:  an architectural ornament placed on a flat pedestal called the acroter or plinth, and mounted at the apex or corner of the pediment of a building in the classical style.

Source: Italian

Plural: Akroterji


Ambulatory (Latin: ambulatorium, lit. “walking place”) is the covered passage around a cloister or the processional way around the east end of a cathedral or large church and behind the high altar.


Quoin header: A quoin which serves as a header in the face of a wall and a stretcher in the face of the return wall; Rebate of a steel window.

Source: Sicilian / Italian

Plural: Anċis

Ref: JA



The stairs of a winding staircase.

Source: English

Ref: JA

Anima tat-taraġ

Newel also called a central pole or support column, is the central supporting pillar of a staircase.


Antefix: (from Latin antefigere, to fasten before) is a vertical block which terminates the covering tiles of a tiled roof. In grand buildings the face of each stone ante-fix was richly carved, often with the anthemion ornament.