Gothic Architecture

What was a major innovation of the Gothic cathedral? How did the architecture of the cathedral reflect the prevailing idea of God?

The Gothic cathedrals differed from the Romanesque style of church-building in the methods they used to support the massive, heavy stone ceilings. Traditionally, churches would have to be small and sturdy, in order to hold up the heavy weight of thousands of pounds of stone. But an innovation called the “flying buttress”, an arch which distributed the weight of the roof to an exterior support, opened up a new world of architecture, the Gothic style, examples of which include soaring spires and elaborate engraving.

The architecture of Gothic cathedrals made it easier for larger windows to be put into churches, thereby letting in more light. With the imagery of Jesus as “the light of the world”, the increased lighting in cathedrals presented a spiritual dynamic for churchgoers. Additionally, since God was considered to be a God of order, and the “ultimate” mathematician, architects sought to show God’s character in the geometrically coherent structures that they designed to house the Church.

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PS – what do you think of the signout? I’ll be playing around with them a bit ’til I find one I like!


24 thoughts on “Gothic Architecture

  1. Kellan Asher

    This is a great post! I have always enjoyed the sweeping grandeur created by these magnificent medieval structures. But i do have one question why is “ultimate” written the way it is?


    • makaylajesalyn

      Thanks! Me too. I love studying ANY kind of architecture in school.
      Oh! Not sure! πŸ˜… I DO believe that being the ultimate mathematician is a part of His character, but I think (trying to remember back when I wrote it) that I was quoting my teacher, and so I guess I just didn’t want to claim the phrase as my own. (I do sometimes set words in quotation marks when I don’t believe in the principle I’m writing the essay on, but this isn’t the case here!)

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  2. Megan

    First of all, I found this post super interesting and second of all i. love. the new sign off!! did you make it yourself? it’s so pretty- i want something like that for my blog πŸ˜‚πŸ’›

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    • makaylajesalyn

      Ahhh thank you!! Well … I *sort of* made it myself! πŸ˜‚ I make/edit my pics in Crello, so I just picked the “new project” format, searched up flowers, and the gold-lines-and-flowers was pretty much just a template I found … then I put some text over the pic, and voila! 🀣 I could make you one, if you want! (Or you could get a free crello account .. I really like using it!)

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