Middle Ages Architecture: The Impact Of The Gothic Cathedrals

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The video on YouTube named “Middle Ages Architecture: How the great cathedrals were built-Documentary” by Science&Technology 4U states that Gothic Cathedrals have dominated the skies for over a thousand years. How did engineers in the middle ages without any modern tools constructed cathedrals? Some experts started investigating how engineers built those amazing cathedrals. Apparently, a hidden mathematical code written on the pages of The Bible was used as a blueprint. Taller than the ancient pyramids of Egypt, large enough to hold the statue of Liberty, 100 million pounds of stone, as heavy as the Empire State Building, Gothic Cathedrals are a revolution in building. Since they appeared in Europe thousands of years ago, they bring brivary …show more content…
They called it: hydraulic hammer. Located next to an iron mine, Southeast of Amiens, there is one of the oldest metal factories. Monks used the water source with the help of a wheel to use the hydraulic hammer. With this innovated machine, medieval engineers made metal chains to hold the central columns in place of the Gothic cathedrals. The result of this technique was to avoid the collapsing of the Gothic cathedrals. The narrator of the video states that with the metal chains, the flying buttresses, and the design of the stones were the elements needed to construct majestic Gothic cathedrals. However, Gothic cathedrals are made mainly of glass. To have an equilibrium, medieval engineers used rib vaults to hold the …show more content…
Although, they wanted their cathedral to be bigger and more beautiful that their neighbor town. However, making the cathedral higher than the one in Amiens had its consequences. The only thing that stops the cathedral of Beauvais from collapsing again is modern braces. During the construction of this cathedral, part of the rib vault crashed down. Medieval engineers wanted to construct higher, however, while the building is high and thin, the only outcome is collapsing. In the collapsing of this cathedral, only one person resulted injured with a broken arm. With modern tools, the cathedral is rebuilt it

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