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Possibly the most famous cupola is that at Saint Peter’s Cathedral at the Vatican.
  an architectural feature at the top of a roof, usually dome-shaped and opened by windows or columns
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  • Possibly the most famous cupola is that at Saint Peter’s Cathedral at the Vatican.
  • The moon shone on the white cupola of the seminary across the road — lovely view, good place to see the fight.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • Overlooking the entire city was a watchman in the cupola of the Courthouse, one hundred feet above the ground.
    Jim Murphy  --  The Great Fire
  • The church turned out to be a small, unassuming white cube topped with more of a cupola than a steeple, squeezed between a ma-and-pa grocery store and a house already decorated to the nines for Halloween.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread

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  • From its second-floor dormers and cupolas to the frames of its basement-level windows the house was unrelievedly pink.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The red brick dated back to the 1850s, and the building was complete with a romantic cupola and a widow’s walk to watch for vessels coming in from sea.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • I dreamed about bay windows and cupolas, balconies, and slanted attic ceilings in a bedroom.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • Jace headed toward the cupola and the doors that led inside.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • Moscow seen from the Poklonny Hill lay spaciously spread out with her river, her gardens, and her churches, and she seemed to be living her usual life, her cupolas glittering like stars in the sunlight.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • The intersection of nave and transept occurred directly beneath the main cupola and was considered the heart of the church… her most sacred and mystical point.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code

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  • The cupola glistened like polished moonstone, a milky bead floating atop a pyramid of gray slate.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Now he rested in the most sacred of tombs, buried five stories down, directly beneath the central cupola of the basilica.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • At the summit of the house was a cupola with diamond leaded-glass windows and a dunce-cap roof!
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • It was housed in a cupola atop a firehouse across the street from Billy’s office.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • The great oven is not so wide, by ten paces, as the cupola at St. Paul’s: for I measured the latter on purpose, after my return.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • ’While I was musing upon these things, my attention was attracted by a pretty little structure, like a well under a cupola.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • For as in landscape gardening, a spire, cupola, monument, or tower of some sort, is deemed almost indispensable to the completion of the scene; so no face can be physiognomically in keeping without the elevated open-work belfry of the nose.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • There was nothing to distract me as I made my way across a wide yard, called the Far Common, and up to a building as red brick and balanced as the other major buildings, but with a large cupola and a bell and a clock and Latin over the doorway—the First Academy Building.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • When at last they reached the town square and the tall white cupola of the city hall loomed up, she made her thanks, climbed down from the wagon and watched the country woman drive off.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • We aren’t going to the river though, we won’t see the little cupolas on the buildings down that way, white with blue and gold trim, such chaste gaiety.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Mr. Smith had lost his balance for a second, and was trying gallantly to hold on to a triangle of wood that jutted from the cupola.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • The gently sloping cupola, Langdon knew, was modeled after the Pantheon, the original home to the great Roman gods of mythology.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • They left the high-road, by a well-remembered lane, and soon approached a mansion of dull red brick, with a little weathercock-surmounted cupola, on the roof, and a bell hanging in it.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • The cupola of the cathedral, which is seen at its best from the bridge about twenty paces from the chapel, glittered in the sunlight, and in the pure air every ornament on it could be clearly distinguished.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • Fore and aft stood two cupolas of moderate height, their sides slanting and partly inset with heavy biconvex glass, one reserved for the helmsman steering the Nautilus, the other for the brilliance of the powerful electric beacon lighting his way.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • It was a big, squarish frame house that had once been white, decorated with cupolas and spires and scrolled balconies in the heavily lightsome style of the seventies, set on what had once been our most select street.
    William Faulkner  --  A Rose for Emily
  • The cupola sank slowly beyond the trees, with the round face of the clock far enough yet.
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
  • THE BARN was built on the english style and it was sheathed with milled one by fours and painted white and it had a cupola and a weathervane on top of the cupola.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • On the right side of the warm church, in the crowd of frock coats and white ties, uniforms and broadcloth, velvet, satin, hair and flowers, bare shoulders and arms and long gloves, there was discreet but lively conversation that echoed strangely in the high cupola.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • This cheered her considerably and she followed us into the cupola of the East Wing, where we set our candles to burning.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • Rain fell softly on town cupolas, chuckled from rainspouts, and spoke in strange subterranean tongues beneath the windows where Jim and Will knew fitful dreams, slipping out of one, trying another for size, but finding all cut from the same dark, mouldered cloth.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • It was the first time that the lawyer had been received in that part of his friend’s quarters; and he eyed the dingy, windowless structure with curiosity, and gazed round with a distasteful sense of strangeness as he crossed the theatre, once crowded with eager students and now lying gaunt and silent, the tables laden with chemical apparatus, the floor strewn with crates and littered with packing straw, and the light falling dimly through the foggy cupola.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • It was a fine day, and I remember to-day, as though I saw it now, how the incense rose from the censer and softly floated upwards and, overhead in the cupola, mingled in rising waves with the sunlight that streamed in at the little window.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • The elevator, with its cupola on the ridge of a shingled roof, resembled a broad-shouldered man with a small, vicious, pointed head.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • At its far end, the golden cupolas of the Orthodox church rose up like two gilded cannonballs kept from imminent collapse and suspended in the air by some invisible Power.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • …of beer, wine and spirits for consumption on the premises, the celebrant blessed the house and censed the mullioned windows and the groynes and the vaults and the arrises and the capitals and the pediments and the cornices and the engrailed arches and the spires and the cupolas and sprinkled the lintels thereof with blessed water and prayed that God might bless that house as he had blessed the house of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and make the angels of His light to inhabit therein.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • And once in the Shuman home, which was a large old-fashioned square frame house with a square cupola, very retired among some trees and a lawn, they made themselves at home in a general living room which was much more handsomely furnished than any home with which Clyde had been identified heretofore.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Now, many bungalows cluster near it, but when this story begins only the cupolas of a dozen old villas rotted like water lilies among the massed pines between Gausse’s Hôtel des Étrangers and Cannes, five miles away.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • She showed him an Eastern town with flat roofs and cupolas and minarets.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • Before her the grimy cupolas and towering square walls of the city loomed up.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • Di Presso, Scuba suit glistening, scrambled up the side of a cupola.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • He sees himself staring up at the clock and the roof balustrade and the ornate stone cupola.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • The fire broke out in the cupola at the top of the central tower but was controlled quickly and caused only a hundred dollars in damage.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • Hazy rays of newborn light streaked horizontally across the city, gilding the tops of the towers, the battlemerits, the cupolas, and the slanted roofs.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • He passed an unusual white church—a steeple atop a Palladian-arch cupola on columns atop a clock tower—which cast a stunted shadow in the early-afternoon sun.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • The "steeple" was a little cupola, reared on the very centre of the roof, on four tall pillars of pine that were fluted with a gouge, and loaded with mouldings.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • FEDERAL HALL, where Congress met, was a handsomely proportioned stone building at the junction of Broad and Wall Streets distinguished by its glassy cupola and colonnaded front balcony.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Nancy had a study in the cupola at the top of the house.
    Richard Preston  --  The Hot Zone
  • The dull brick walls, which here and there made a grand, straight sweep; the ugly little cupolas of the wings, the deep-set windows, the long, steep pinnacles of mossy slate, all mirrored themselves in the tranquil river.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • Throughout this mad jumble, however, Max could see unmistakable elements of human architecture—Chinese pavilions, Islamic minarets, Egyptian obelisks, massive domes and cupolas whose scale dwarfed their human antecedents.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
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