Gothic Architecture

  1. Gothic Art And Architecture

  2. Top Ten Gothic Buildings

    Top 10 Buildings

    1.     Cathedral Basilica of St.Denis, France

    2.     Palace of Westminster, United Kingdom

    3.     Palais des Papes, France

    4.     Milan Cathedral, Italy

  3. Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque

    lala mustfa mosque

    Located in North Cyprus, the Lal Musafa Mosque was built between 1298 - 1400. In 1328, it was declared as a Christian Cathedral. However; during the reign of the Ottoman Empire the mosque was converted into a mosque. During Ottoman attacks in 1571 the building was damaged, and this damage was exacerbated by earthquakes that followed in 1735. Muslim architects removed all art in the mosque that contained human figures, and elements such as the mihrab and minaret were added. Altars were demolished any stained glass containing human depictions were removed.\

  4. Palace of Westminster (House of Parliment)

    The Palace of Westminster, located in the city of Westminster in the United Kingdom, was the main royal residence for figures in history such as Henry VIII and Edward the Confessor. After a fire destroyed much of the complex in 1512 it served as the home of Parliament and is the central seat of government even today.  The palace contains two houses of parliament, the House of Lords and the House of Commons. At the north end stands the famous Big Ben clock, also known as the clock tower.  

  5. Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral (Our Lady of Paris)

    Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral (Our Lady of Paris), Paris, France


  6. Milan Cathedral (Duomo di Milan)

    Beginning in 1386, Duomo di Milan was initially built in the royannant Gothic style which had heavy French influence. Construction continued over many years and Architects and engineers also used a combination of classic and neo-gothic style, making the building a blend of different Gothic elements.


  7. Glossary of Terms

    Ball-flower: An architectural ornament of a ball inserted in the cup of a flower which came into use in the latter part of the 13th.  It is generally placed in rows at equal distances in the hollow of a molding.

    Buttress: A structure, usually brick or stone, built against a wall for support or reinforcement.

    Capital: The crowning feature of a column; the top of a column or pillar.

    Cornice: Horizontal moulded projection that completes a building or wall.

  8. Gothic Art

    The most prominent form of Gothic art from the 12th to 16th century was architecture. However; other art mediums developed parallel to this distinctive architectural style. Sculptures, paintings, carvings, stained glass and manuscript illuminations became an important part of art expression during the medieval period. The Basilica at St.-Denis, built by Abbot Suger, was one of the first major Gothic buildings to incorporate these new art forms.

  9. Christopher Wren

    Sir Christopher Wren (1632 - 1723), was one of England’s most highly acclaimed architects and scientists. Wren began his architectural career in the 17th century; he attained his Master’s degree in 1651 from Wadham College, Oxford, where he studied astronomy, physics and anatomy. Coming from a purely scientific background, Wren began to develop a taste for architecture and design after completing his studies. By 1663 Wren launched into his first year of architectural design, in which he created the classic Roman theatre of Marcellus.

  10. Augustus Pugin

    Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (1812-1852) was an English architect involved in Gothic revival during the 19th century. Pugin was born to a French Protestant architect, named Augustin Pugin.  Pugin was taught by his father to appreciate Gothic building design and at a young age he began drawing Gothic buildings. Together, Pugin and his father published several books on architectural drawings and design. Examples of Gothic Architecture and Specimens of Gothic Architecture are two of their shared works.


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