Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceHomework Help · 9 years ago

What architectural features does a gothic cathedral have?

This is for my history extra credit project. I need to choose a cathedral that has 2 architectural features and i don´t know what they are. Can someone say what these features are? Please help!

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  • Archie
    Lv 5
    9 years ago
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    Gothic architecture is a style of architecture that flourished during the high and late medieval period. It evolved from Romanesque architecture and was succeeded by Renaissance architecture.

    Gothic architecture is most familiar as the architecture of many of the great cathedrals, abbeys and churches of Europe.

    Originating in 12th century France and lasting into the 16th century, Gothic architecture was known during the period as "the French Style," (Opus Francigenum), with the term Gothic first appearing during the latter part of the Renaissance. Its characteristic features include: 1) the pointed arch, 2) the ribbed vault and 3) the flying buttress.

    1) The pointed or ogival arch

    One of the defining characteristics of Gothic architecture is the pointed or ogival arch. Arches of this type were used in the Near East in pre-Islamic as well as Islamic architecture before they were structurally employed in medieval architecture, and are thus thought to have been the inspiration for their use in France, as at Autun Cathedral, which is otherwise stylistically Romanesque.

    In Gothic architecture, ogives are the intersecting transverse ribs of arches that establish the surface of a Gothic vault. An ogive or ogival arch is a pointed, "Gothic" arch, drawn with compasses as outlined above, or with arcs of an ellipse as described. A very narrow, steeply pointed ogive arch (like the one in the construction above) is sometimes called a "lancet arch." The most common form is an equilateral arch, where the radius is the same as the width. In the later Flamboyant Gothic style, an "ogee arch," an arch delineating a void with a pointed head, like S-shaped curves, became prevalent.

    2) The ribbed vault

    The intersection of two or three barrel vaults produces a rib vault or ribbed vault when they are edged with an armature of piped masonry often carved in decorative patterns; compare groin vault, an older form of vault construction. While the mechanics of the weight of a groin vault and its transmission outwards to the supporting pillars remained as it had been, the new use of rib vaults demonstrates the skill of the masons and the grandeur of the new ideas circulating at the introduction of Gothic architecture in the end of the eleventh century. This technique was new in the late eleventh century, for example in the roofs of the choir side aisles at Durham Cathedral. Ancestors of the Gothic rib vault in the Romanesque vaults can be found at Caen and Durham, both sites of early Gothic constructions, and elsewhere.

    3) The flying buttress

    A flying buttress is a specific form of buttressing most strongly associated with Gothic church architecture. It serves to transmit the lateral forces pushing a wall outwards (which may arise from stone vaulted ceilings or from wind-loading on roofs) across an intervening space and ultimately down to the ground. Flying buttress systems have two key components - a massive vertical masonry block (the buttress) on the outside of the building and a segmental or quadrant arch bridging the gap between that buttress and the wall (the 'flyer').

    Go through the wiki pages provided below to learn more. You can also go through the references cited in wiki pages if you want to learn even more. Doing so you'll enrich your paper.

    Hope this help.

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  • Isabel
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    Oh hon, that was so easy to google, you really need to try harder and not rely on strangers to do the work for you, that's a bit lazy and you don't get any value from having another person do your work.

    Pointed arches and flying buttresses are the two largest features.

    Now, just google for a gothic cathedral - you really can do that on your own. The internet is your best friend for information - all you have to do is use the search engines to do most of the work and then sort through the results.

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  • 5 years ago

    the answer is, a tall building with tall spires, large stained-glass windows, and flying buttresses supporing the walls.

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