Stone columns are supporting pillars
consisting of a base, they are generally at least four or five times
as high as its diameter or width. Columns formed an important part of
Egyptian architecture as early as 2600BC. They were usually gigantic
sized, spaced very closely together, and were reserved for inner
courtyards and halls.
Stone columns vary in shapes and size, in basic architecture from
country to country. The styles vary from round/square shaped classical
columns, from Greek and Roman columns to Japanese and Chinese columns.
In Indian architecture columns exhibit great variety of detail:
shafts, bases, and capitals are often intricately and heavily carved.
Stone columns serve the functional purpose of providing support to the
structure,beams and arches while making it beautiful at the same time.