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Octagon

This page is about the meaning, origin and characteristic of the symbol, emblem, seal, sign, logo or flag: Octagon.

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In geometry, an octagon (from the Greek ὀκτάγωνον oktágōnon, "eight angles") is a polygon that has eight sides.

The octagonal shape is used as a design element in architecture. The Dome of the Rock has a characteristic octagonal plan. The Tower of the Winds in Athens is another example of an octagonal structure. The octagonal plan has also been in church architecture such as St. George's Cathedral, Addis Ababa, Basilica of San Vitale (in Ravenna), Castel del Monte (Apulia), Florence Baptistery, Zum Friedefürsten church (Germany) and a number of octagonal churches in Norway. The central space in the Aachen Cathedral, the Carolingian Palatine Chapel, has a regular octagonal floorplan. Uses of octagons in churches also include lesser design elements, such as the octagonal apse of Nidaros Cathedral.

Octagon is also used as stop sign in English-speaking countries, as well as in most European countries.

Umbrellas often have an octagonal outline.

Graphical characteristics:
Symmetric, Closed shape, Monochrome, Contains straight lines, Has no crossing lines.

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