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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.