Richly ornamented door with atlants at Wilanow Royal Palace
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WARSAW, POLAND – JANUARY 13, 2008: Richly ornamented door with cupids and atlants at the baroque Wilanow Royal Palace

"In European architectural sculpture, an atlas (also known as an atlant, or atlante or atlantid; plural atlantes) is a support sculpted in the form of a man, which may take the place of a column, a pier or a pilaster. The Roman term for such a sculptural support is a telamon (plural telamones or telamons).The term atlantes is the Greek plural of the name Atlas—the Titan who was forced to hold the sky on his shoulders for eternity." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, "Atlas (architecture)",
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