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Gothic Architecture

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Alandra Smith

on 16 February 2013

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Gothic Architecture French gothic architecture: English gothic architecture: Details: Gothic architecture is a very popular style and is used quite often in Europe. However many different contries did put their own twists on it, while keeping some qualities the same. For example: Differences and Similarities: In both cases, gothic architecture included long and sharp spires. But, the english buildings are often more horizantal, compared to those of the french who made their buildings with taller structures. There are many different types of gothic architecture around the world. The original idea behind the gothic style was to bring "sunshine" to the lives of people, especially at church. Unlike what most people think today. This video is about gothic architecture! There are many different contries around the world who use gothic architecture By: Alandra, Grace and Sam! Popular Gothic Buildings Cathedral Basilica of St Denis in France Chartres Cathedral in France Budapest Parliament Buildings Malbork Castle in Poland Characteristics of gothic architecture Here are some of the things that help you determine whether or not gothic architecture was used. 1. Grand and tall designs: 2. The flying buttress: A flying buttress is used as a decoration and to spread the weight of new designs, taking the extra burden off the the walls and forcing it to the ground. 3. The pointed arch: The reason for pointed arches was to effectively support the weight of higher ceilings. It was thought as both practical and decorative. 4. The vaulted ceiling: It was used to give the room a feeling of height and elegance. Plus, because of the way the vaulted ceiling was built, it was possible to have the vaults be different shapes and sizes, unlike before, they could only be circular or rectangular. 5. A light interior (large windows, etc): At the time castles and churches were mostly depressing places to live and pray in. It was quite dark because of the small windows, plus because of the dampness mold was found everywhere. When gothic architecture came around, large stained glass windows as well as large entrances were often used. 6. The classic Gargoyle: One of the most famous features of gothic architecture is of course the gargoyle. However it wasn't just used as a decoration, it had a practical use as well. The gargoyles woulds act as drains to release the water on the roof. Also, they were intended to scare uneducated peasants away from the building. Vocab The END! Thank you for watching our prezi! (By: Alandra, Grace and Sam) 1. The flying butress: A flying butress is considered as a decoration, but there is another reason it is used. It is used as a support for a wall or structure. 2. Spire: A large structure, pointed at the top. This is usually used as a decoration. 3. Stained glass: The coloured glass. (Usually used in churches) 4. Gargoyle: A creature used to protect buildings against evil spirits. In addition it is a decoration which removes the rain from the roof. 5. Arch: A structure formed to support the weight of the ceiling. In Gothic architecture is usually sharp. A big important church 6. Cathedral:
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