Questions On Gothic Architecture

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1) Who was Abbott Suger and why was he important? What surprising “building material” did he use? Abbot Suger is the man behind the visionary masterpiece, Saint Denis, which is a stained-glass piece of work that created historical importance in Cathedral glass structure. He is very important for his early work of gothic architecture and his style inspired many builders for years. The building material he incorporated in his work was the concept of light to reflect a symbol of god inside the cathedral. The more he used light, the more he “hoped for people to be closer to god”.
2) How did this style of architecture come to be called “Gothic”? The name behind “Gothic Architecture” originated from critics that saw Abbot’s “modern” title possibly less interesting. Instead, critics named the architecture “Gothic”, which was referred from barbarians who were addressed as goths. Therefore, Gothic stood out for a title behind the architecture.
3) List at least three innovations or techniques of Gothic cathedrals that were not used in Romanesque or earlier buildings. The main innovations of gothic cathedrals that many Romanesque or earlier buildings are the styles of pointed arches, flying buttress, and
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Why were they motivated to build this way? The cathedral at Beauvais experienced a lot of downfall such as accidents that lead to a broken arm from falling stone. The columns still undergo structural problems and inside lies a lot of modern braces that hold the cathedral together. In addition, there were mainly instances where the church would collapse, which became a constant problem. What motivated them to build it that way was through the mathematically system of using sacred numbers from the bible such as Soloman’s temple. This motivated them by something “beyond earthly bragging rights”. They used the royal foot rather than the roman foot for measurement to make the cathedral much

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