Gothic Cathedral

Gothic Cathedral

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The great height and scale of the building is similar to those of the cathedral churches build in the 1200s in France. During this period the apostles were place hierarchically above the Old Testament prophets and as a result priesthood was highly upheld.

The large windows in this image purposely were to allow more light into the building. Lots of light in a place had a symbolic value to the 13th century audience as it was associated with good deeds and holiness.

The decorations on the anterior windows are more of the cathedral churches in France during the 13th century. The images were repetitious and they were to be painted on the windows in such a manner that the images would have sufficient power to dominate the interior from their position over seventy feet above the heads of the viewers.

In this image, a sexpartite design is used in order to further spread the vault load. This form of design was purposely to use the space that initially was being used to support the load for more load in this case audience.

This image has a four-story elevation and columns which are slender at the chapel’s entrance. Drum columns with applied colonnette which is single support the arcade to the front as well as triforium that is blind and double flyered tall clerestory that is born by the coulees that are powerful. This attributes it to the 13th century cathedrals in France.

The roof in the image has vaulted ceiling a feature of the 13th century structures in France.


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The image is an example of the Gothic architecture. It is similar to the design in the United Kingdom. The image shows the interior of the structure at it point of shows similar characteristics of the choir position in the early England cathedrals.

The structure has a lengthy nave a feature of the 13th century structures in the United Kingdom. Some cathedrals in England were noticed to have the longest naves at those times.

The style of decoration is that which prevailed in east about the close of the twelfth century, when this part of the tower was completed. The decorations look wooden. The Gothic structures in England during the 13th century were characterized by decorations out of trees.

At the entrance of the pictured structure you notice an open space with light. The Virgin Mary cult arose in the fourteenth and fifteenth century. In her honor, chapels many cathedrals and churches were added as well.

The pointed arch technology was highly utilized by the vaulted ceilings that were irregular for spreading weight that caused great force from floors on top. The magnificence and height impression were provided by the arch as well, which gave the ceilings that were vaulted a elegance and grandeur feeling as evident from the image.

The magnificent screen at the end of the nave is a characteristic of the 13th century architectural designs in the United Kingdom.

The walls are filled with colorful paintings; the windows are filled with the fine stained glass. The window in this image is large enough to emphasize on light.  Interiors that were airy and windows that were bright as well as churches and castles’ transformation was that generation’s architecture feature.

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The image shows features similar to the early structures erected by the Cistercian monks of England in the 13th century. It is during this period that the French gothic style of putting up structures was influential across Europe.

The image has sculptures that are that are engraved on the walls. In the east of transept, there are bays of choir that extends to the transept. This concept came from England where it was mainly practiced. Ambulatory has scalloped walls that are radiating. Each of the chapels has a round shape that is dome like and a lower ambulatory so that clerestory that is above the chapel.

The image is similar to the exterior of the east window of ancient structures of worship build in England.

The structure lacks triforium, though has a gallery that is quite narrow and a triple lancet windows clerestory that ran above each arcade’s bay surmounted it.

This portion of the building has no roof and the windows have no glasses either painted or plain. This was to facilitate lighting in the entire structure since the structure seems to have been built during the cult of Virgin Mary.

The 13th century structures in England were characterized by having vaults that were spherical and dome shaped, but they were not of complex shapes. The arches of the Bay had three different designs and they were handled properly by the varying steepness that was formed by the arcs. This structure in the picture shares the same features.

Initially there was a direct springing by the vaulting from the arcade’s top.After its destruction, it was then rebuilt in between the year 1192-1210. This rebuilding started with “little St Hugh” and transepts in the eastern. New transept, nave and aisle were re-roofed with line materials that enriched it with admirable decorations.

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The structure pictured is dated in the 14th century. It can be traced to England. The part captured by the image is the main entrance of the church.

The windows of the aisle, the windows of the clerestory, and the arch of triforium have round arches which are double pointed and appear in vaults and galleries.

The vaulting originates from the sexpartite but was later rebuild in quadripartite. Over its vaults, it has medial rubbles that are more complex and curved.

The interior has transition four stories. This includes clerestory, triforium, gallery arcade and the aisle arcade. The elevation springs from the ground. There are aisle arched, triforium, upper clerestories that extend to the floor.

The building’s L-shaped feature dates back to the 14th century structures of England.

The originality of the buildings identity could have occurred at a time in the history of England when such structures were converted and owned privately. After that period reconstruction was needed and this gave the structure a new look.

The structure has pointed arches a feature of the 13th and 14th century architecture. The purpose of this style of building was to contain the heavy ceilings and as in the image above the arches allowed the buildings to be taller than the initial pillar structures.

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The presence of the cross at the helm of this structure makes the time associated to its construction different from the previous structures. In the past centuries before the 18th century the most common places of worship were the synagogues. The churches came up with the cross symbols at their helms. The pictured structure can be related to the France structures of worship in the 18th century.

The picture portrays the exterior of the backside of the building.

The structure pictured has short naves and two aisles covered by ogiviol barrel vaults just as the initial churches in France. The walls have few decorations of flowers which are made on the windows. The walls unlike the previous structures are massive.

The crossing is surmounted by a tower; two smaller towers are also at the sides of the main facade. There is an effective spreading by the buttresses that are high of their new designs weight, taking off the walls their weight, then directly transferring force to the ground. However, the most notable thing about the flying buttress is its decorativeness just as evident from the picture.

Apart from just being a support that is so simple, many at times, buttresses were designed elaborately and with extreme decorations. Their appearance gave an impression of darting and sweeping around every building, which further gave a sense of movement and of a missing grandeur from other architectural designs from the past.

Height was one of the fundamental features of the gothic architecture. Building techniques that were new such as the below detailed flying buttress made it possible for architects to spread the taller walls’ weight and towers that were loftier. Shown from the image is such kind of architectural characteristic of the gothic style.




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