Our Lady Of Paris Analysis

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Register to read the introduction… Roman architects understood that the triangle is the strongest shape, using this information they developed the sturdy arch and the aqueduct with a triangular representation. In the Arch of Constantine the three arches are accompanied by borrowed Roman decorations and adornments. Though this is a commonality, the archways at Notre Dame de Paris are a modernization of the Roman archway. The ribbed arches allowed the architects to structurally increase the number of arches and eliminate the thick and chunky size of the Roman arch, producing daintier and more refined individual arches (Sayre, 410).
A sharp contrast between the two structures is shown in their names. The Arch of Constantine was built in honor of Constantine and his name is attached to the design (Jones, 51). This implies ownership and raise Constantine, in addition to the religious values represented in the structure. Conversely, Notre Dame de Paris in French means Our Lady of Paris. The name of the Cathedral emphasizes more the importance of the structure and the
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Despite using different religious symbols, one pagan and one Christian they both, are in due course, Christian structures. Using scenes to convey a story or history are common aspects of the structures. Architecturally, the structures hold similar in the design of the arches, but within the similarity lies a difference. The architect of Notre Dame expanded upon the Roman innovation to create a more aesthetically appealing arch while retaining the structurally sound nature of the arch. A strong difference lies in the names of the structures, the arch retains a self-service name and the Cathedral’s name implores a more humble shared community

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