A vaulted ceiling is a high arched, curved or asymmetrical ceiling. These ceilings often extend more than one story above the floor, but there are shorter vaulted ceilings. Vaulted ceilings are typically made of stone or cement, but there are also brick examples of this architectural feature. They are often used in entryways to create a wider entrance area as well as to impress visitors who pass under them. They are often used in commercial and public buildings to build a sense of grandeur. Churches and cathedrals are well known for their use of vaulted ceilings both indoors and along walkways outdoors. Vaulted areas are often created above the high ceilings inside cathedrals. This type of ceiling is popular all over the world, particularly in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East. The use of vaulted ceilings date back to ancient Egypt.