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Gothic Architecture Found in Churches


Talking about architecture always leads me to discuss Gothic style. I love this particular style a lot because of its pointed arches and ribbed vault. For me, Gothic architecture designs are very amazing with all of the details of the construction. If you love to travel around the world, I suggest you visit some traces of this architecture style. Gothic architecture is mostly found in Churches.

Brief history of Gothic architecture

This architecture style thrived throughout the ancient period in France that was captured by Renaissance architecture. Around the 12th century, people in that era developed the previous method, Romanesque, to be a new style. Gothic style then reached its popularity and lasted until the 16th era.

Initially, Gothic style was known as the French Style or Opus Francigenum. The term Gothic then appeared during the latter part of the Renaissance era as a stylistic offense. Mostly, this beautiful architecture style is applied to build cathedrals, parish churches, or abbeys. However, you can also find the traces in many castles, palaces, town halls, or universities. The characteristics of this architecture style are including the pointed arch, the flying buttress, and the ribbed vault.

Okay, let’s have a look at designs of Gothic Architecture Found in Churches

Pointed arch is my favorite characteristic of Gothic architecture. This kind of curvature was also used in Romanesque style, but they did not pay attention to the shape. Furthermore, when the new technique was developed, people noticed that this particular arch would give fantastic stability as well as the strength of the building. My favorite buildings with pointed arch are Chartres Cathedral in France and Milan Cathedral in Italy.  Here is a look at some features of gothic architecture.

The ribbed vault

Another characteristic is the ribbed vault which is observed in many churches. It is a result of the intersection of two or three barrel vaults. The previous style used in Romanesque was the groin vault. Compared with groin vault, the use of ribbed vault shows the skill of the masons of the new ideas.

The flying buttress

Its also known as arc-boutant. This particular type of buttress found in any religious building such as a cathedral is fashionable. In Gothic style, it creates a web of stonework on the outside of clerestory walls and gives a tremendous heavenly impression. You can see how beautiful the appearance of this buttress construction in some cathedrals, such as Chartres, Le Mans, Beauvais, and Reims.

With all of the beautiful appearance and impression gave by Gothic architecture, this architecture style becomes my favorite product of Renaissance era. You should visit some Gothic style buildings someday, and feel the grandeur of Renaissance-era offered by them.

5 Most Beautiful Religious Buildings You Need to See


Religious buildings have been on the forefront for using the most amazing architecture. Whether you practice religion, or you don’t practice it actively, you will surely love some of these most awe-striking religious buildings. The following are 5 most beautiful religious buildings you need to see.

1.Ribbon Chapel by Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP Co. Ltd

This beautiful chapel is found in a garden of the ‘Bella Vista Sakaigahama’ hotel which is located in Hiroshima, Japan. This is a free-standing structure with two spiral stairways that are entwined together. These entwining stairways are the ones that act as walls, floors, and roofs. The outer part of the building is made of wood and an alloy of zinc and titanium. The architecture used is purposely to provide it with steadiness against vibrations making it one of the most stable buildings. If you are planning a wedding, this can be an ideal location since it a very common wedding chapel

2. Salt Lake Tabernacle

Also called the Mormon church, this architectural masterpiece is found on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah. This tabernacle was built between 1864 and 1867. It was made purposely for holding house meetings for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as well as its general conferences. This building got its inspiration from an attempt to construct a canvas tabernacle. It has an oval shape with a roof built in a lattice-truss arch system held together by wedges and dowels. It has a capacity of about 7000 people.

3. Teotihuacan

This extraordinary building is thought to have been built just about 100BCE. It is found in sub-valley in Mexico. It is famously known for having an ‘avenue of the Dead’ running directly through the center of this building. It is also surrounded by two pyramids one which is for the moon and the other for the sun. This building is also a famous site for animal and human sacrifices.

4. Potala Palace

This beautiful structure is situated in Lhasa, Tibet region, China and was built in 1645 during the reign of the 5th Dalai Lama. This palace was built to function as the residence of the Dalai Lamas and a seat of the Tibetian government. It is made up of the red and white palace. The red palace was set aside for prayers and religious teaching on Tibetian Buddhism whereas in the white palace is where the Dalai Lama lived. This 13 story building has over one thousand rooms.

5. Wat Rong Khun

This white temple found in Chiang Rai province in Thailand is an unconventional, contemporary religious building. It incorporates both art and religion as it is built in the Buddhist temple style. It also borrows some characters from angry birds and the matrix. Its uniqueness is in the white color and the use of pieces of glass in its plaster making it to sparkle in the sun. This building is still a work in progress, and it is not expected to be complete until 2070.

If you love the wonder of architecture you surely should never miss seeing these religious buildings