A wide porch peeked from behind three stucco arches.
Modelling in stucco was extensively used.
Sculptured slabs form balustrades to the steps leading up to the temple, and its exterior is ornamented with figures in stucco, the outer faces of the four pillars in front having life-size figures of women with children in their arms. The small Temple of Beau Relief stands on a narrow ledge of rock against the steep slope of the mountain.
Its most important feature is a large stucco bas-relief, occupying a central position on the back wall of the sanctuary.
Remains of the original marble wall lining and stucco decoration also exist.
The chest is of limestone coated with stucco, adorned with life-like paintings of offertory scenes in connexion with the sacred Double Axes of Minoan cult.
The walls, piers and arches, are all built in brick, covered with stucco, a great portion of which is preserved down to the present day.
The architect is said to have been a Coptic Christian who deprecated the destruction of ancient buildings to obtain columns and blocks of stone, and who undertook to design a mosque which should be built entirely in brick, which when coated with stucco and appropriate decorative designs would rival its predecessors.
The most beautiful portion of the mosque, however, still exists in the prayer chamber of Hakim, where are to be found the earliest examples of the cusped arch and the origin of many of the geometrical patterns in stucco at the Alhambra.
Both the roof and the walls are almost universally coated with stucco and covered with fresco paintings - in the earlier works merely decorative, in the later always symbolical or historical.
The walls are in many places coated with stucco adorned with frescoes, including palms, doves, labara and other Christian symbols.
Maria in Valle belongs to the 8th century, and contains fine decorations in stucco which probably belong to the 11th or 12th century.
Of the fresco and stucco decorations of the walls and ceilings, less is naturally preserved.
These are painted on a fine stucco in beautiful colours (notably a kind of turquoise-green) and represent archaic forms of flowers and butterflies.
Since then exterior ornamentation and architectural eccentricities have run riot, and the city is now a mixture of the plain one-storey and two-storey buildings of the Portuguese type, and fanciful modern creations, embellished with stucco and overtopping the others by many storeys.
Tiles are used for roofing, and on modern edifices stucco` ornamentation is lavishly employed.
The stucco of the internal wall is decorated with bold and very effective patterns - birds and scroll-work and other decorative designs.
The octagonal sacristy (before 1488), with niches below and a gallery above, with stucco decorations by Bramante himself (the frieze with putti and medallions is ascribed to Caradosso), is a masterly work, and one of his best.
The exterior walls are decorated with groups of figures of coloured stucco, illustrative of events connected with Thorvaldsen's life.
The present structure was erected c. 1600, and ornamented with stucco in 1809.
The internal façade of the Palazzo Ginetti is finely decorated with stucco, and has a curious detached baroque staircase by Martino Lunghi the younger, which Burckhardt calls unique if only for the view to which its arched colonnades serve as a frame.
The houses, of wood or stucco, are painted in warm reds and yellows.
Unfortunately only the foundation and a few Doric capitals and other architectural fragments remain; they were coated with stucco which was brightly painted.
One practice which is especially prevalent, so as to strike every casual visitor, and dates from the early years of the empire, is that of filling up the flutings of the columns for about one-third of their height with a thick coat of stucco, so as to give them the appearance of being smooth columns without flutings below, and only fluted above.
Grey tufa period; ashlar masonry of tufa, coated with fine white stucco; rubble work of lava.
The imitation in stucco of the appearance of a wall veneered with coloured marbles.