Gothic Architecture Characteristics

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Most people look back in time to see old architecture, and admire the beauty of the older buildings. These buildings are stunning, but what makes them so beautiful? Most Architectural styles follow certain characteristics of their time, and amplify them at a much larger scale. We can see this at almost every single style in history. The gothic style is not the exception. Most buildings from that era follow certain characteristics that make them different from any other style of architecture in history. The Chartres Cathedral is a great example of gothic architecture, and of the elements that characterize it. Chartres Cathedral is a catholic church in Eure y Loir, France, nearly 80 km to the southeast of Paris.
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The quadripartite vault, or simple ribbed vault, is the simplest rib vault design. It is formed by the crossing of two diagonal arches or cruisers, which divides the plementry into four segments: from where the name of quadripartite comes from. There are different types of simple ribbed vault. The quadripartite vault is the most common in classical Gothic architecture, and is the most suitable to cover square or rectangular sections. In the course of Gothic, the rib vault was acquiring a greater structural and decorative complexity, from the simple or quadripartite until the arriving of the fan vaults later on in …show more content…
A Gothic arch is a curved structural device, usually of masonry, used to support a structure, as well as to expand an opening. The Gothic arch is one of the main components of medieval Gothic architectural design. The architects discovered the incredible strength and stability that was created by the use of pointed arches. The walls of Gothic buildings could be thinner because the weight of the roof was supported by the Gothic arches instead of the walls. The use of the Gothic arch gave builders tremendous flexibility. The Gothic arch could not only withstand greater weights, but could also cover greater distances, allowing the vaults to be taller and wider. The thinner walls had wider openings in the window that encouraged the use of stained glass, of which we have already

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