Cant (architecture)

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The canted facade of The Church Of Anime Ss. Del Purgatorio, Ragusa, the extremities of the facade are angled (canted) back from the centre
The facade of County Hall, Aylesbury with canted recesses

Cant or canted in architecture is an angled (oblique) line or surface particularly which cuts off a corner.[1][2]

Canted facades are a typical of, but not exclusive to, Baroque architecture. The angle breaking the facade is less than a right angle, thus enabling a canted facade to be viewed as, and remain, one composition. Bay windows frequently have canted sides.[2]


  1. ^ "cant" def. 5 and 10. Oxford English Dictionary Second Edition on CD-ROM (v. 4.0) © Oxford University Press 2009
  2. ^ a b Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Cant" . Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.