Art Principles and History

Basics of Architecture

What is the post and lintel system?

The post and lintel system is the oldest and simplest architectural construction, in which two upright forms (called posts) support the load of a horizontal beam (known as a lintel). The posts must be strong (and close) enough to prevent the lintel from weakening in the middle, especially if the lintel is carrying the heavy load of a wall or a roof.

The Arche romaine de Damas in Damascus, Syria, is a well-preserved example of Roman arches.


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