Monday, 9 December 2013

Gothic Cathedrals

Gothic cathedrals are very detailed and interesting. They are very mysterious and dark. The common distinctive characteristics of gothic cathedrals are: 

Grand tall designs - they swept upwards with height and grandeur.

Pointed arches - was used to support more weight than regular pillars.

Flying buttress - used to reinforce the walls that tended to lean outward under the weight of the vaulted ceilings.

Stained glass windows - often had complex and beautiful patterns. The Rose Window is commonly used for its beautiful design. 

Statuary such as gargoyles - often thought to ward off evil spirits and was also used as a water spout for many gutters lining the vaulted ceilings.

vaulted roofs - representation of the power of the church and used in many temples and public buildings.

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