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The crowning of the buttresses
In Gothic architecture, the pinnacle (from the Latin “pinnaculum”, ridge) is the crown of the buttresses. Its conical or pyramidal tip, sculpted and decorated with mineral flowers, resists to all winds. With their weight, the pinnacles help the counter-forts to support buttresses, thus preventing stones from falling down. Whether solid or hollow, the pinnacles are quite high and always placed at the top of the church or abbey. But the eye that admires them only retains the lace of granite that rises towards the sky.
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