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Gothic Architecture - More than what meets the eye

Do you know that Big Ben, the great clock tower in London, was actually built according to the Gothic architectural style? Well, if you didn’t know before, now you do!

 Max Pixel.  Building Architecture Westminster Abbey Britain . n.d. Creative Commons.

Max Pixel. Building Architecture Westminster Abbey Britain. n.d. Creative Commons.

Believed to have emerged from Northern France at around 1140 CE during the High Medieval period, Gothic architecture adopted and modified parts of the Romanesque style of architecture (which directly preceded Gothic architecture), and eventually developed into a magnificent architectural style of its own right. It spread quickly across Europe, and even to this day, its influence can be felt among many European countries, such as France, Italy, and the United Kingdom.

The Gothic style is still phenomenally popular, and it is often the preferred design for new churches and cathedrals. What makes it especially unique are its characteristic features, namely the vaulted ceilings, pointed arches, buttresses (especially arched flying buttresses) and window tracery. Besides being aesthetically-pleasing, the structural features and style of Gothic architecture also play an essential role in telling us about the historical context of Medieval Europe, particularly about its religious history.

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