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Name that structure

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Lots of folks call that type of structure a cupola, but they're not correct. If I were to speak of it as a cupola, I would use air quotes.

A cupola is either a round or octagonal temple-like structure, topped with a dome. In the 19th century the new fancy round barn ventilators were being termed cupolas, then the raised look-out portions of train cabooses.

Here's a picture I took of a real cupola on the Moravian Church in Bethlehem, PA.

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