The 39 of the Greatest Constructions of Gothic Architecture in the World; Christopher McFadden; Interesting Engineering

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Gothic Architecture dominated the high to late middle ages and has left many European cities with a wealth of beautiful buildings.

Gothic Architecture is a pan-European style that lasted between the mid 12th Century and the 16th Century. It is usually characterized as a style of masonry building that makes heavy use of cavernous spaces with walls broken up by overlaid tracery,

Typical architectural features include:

– Rib vaults

– Flying buttresses

– Pointed Gothic arches

– Stained glass windows were also common

One of the earliest buildings ever to feature these elements is the Abbey of Saint-Denis (included below) in Paris. So-called high Gothic years (Mid 13th to 14th Centuries) were ushered in with the construction of the Chartres Cathedral (also included below) in France.

It would be the French who would excel in this form throughout the period. The British, Spanish and Germans would follow suit and develop their own variations on the general Gothic theme.

Read more from source: The 39 of the Greatest Constructions of Gothic Architecture in the World

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