Gothic Images

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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 slender columns in the entrance to the chapel . The arcade is supported with drum columns with a single colonnette applied to the front, blind triforium, tall clerestory with double flyers born by the powerful coulees. 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 the light and open space. The thirteenth and fourteenth centuries saw the rise of the cult of the Virgin Mary, and chapels in her honour were added to many churches and cathedrals.

Irregular, vaulted ceilings utilized the technology of the pointed arch to spread force and weight from upper floors. The arch also provided the impression of height and magnificence, giving the vaulted ceiling a feeling of grandeur and elegance as observed in 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 are large enough to emphasize light. Bright windows and airy interiors, transforming castles and churches into more pleasant and majestic environments was a feature of this generation’s architecture.

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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 has no triforium but has a narrow gallery surmounted by a clerestory of triple lancet windows that ran above each bay of the arcade.

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 the vaulting sprang directly from the top of the arcade. 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 were 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 clestory, 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. The high buttresses effectively spread the weight of the new designs, taking the weight off the walls and transferring force directly to the ground. However, what’s particularly notable about the flying buttress is that it’s decorative just as in the picture..

Rather than just being a simple support, buttresses were often elaborately designed and extremely decorative. They appeared to dart and sweep around each building, giving a sense of movement and of grandeur missing from previous architectural designs.

One of the fundamental characteristics of gothic architecture was its height. New building techniques (such as the flying buttress, detailed below) enabled architects to spread the weight of taller walls and loftier towers. The image shows this kind of architectural characteristic of the gothic style.

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