Bourges Cathedral Analysis

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Register to read the introduction… The Bourges cathedral was built between 1195 and 1250. This is a three-dimensional building made from stone and masonry. Great technique was executed by constructing a sexpartite vault design. The Bourges cathedral has six bays and two diagonal ribs for support, while the Chartres cathedral only has four. In the construction of the Bourges cathedral, the builders also used flying buttresses and arcades. These were arches used in an innovative way to help support the wall structure. In comparison to the Chartres cathedral, both cathedrals used stained glass windows. The Bourges cathedrals stained glass windows were designed with several hagiographic cycles, stories of the Old Testament, and the last judgment, (Bourges). Both the Notre Dame de Chartres and the Bourges Cathedral are expressions of a new age of faith that grew out of the medieval Christian theology and mysticism, (Frank, Patrick). The Notre Dame de Chartres was used for meetings, concerts, and religious plays. It was the only indoor space that could hold all of the towns’ people. Most importantly, the Chartres cathedral was used as a place for worship. The Bourges cathedral was dedicated to Saint Stephen and was also used as a place for

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