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Gothic Architecture

Author: Erin Aldana
Identify characteristics of Gothic architecture
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Notes on "Gothic Architecture"

Image Credits

Saint-Denis west façade, Creative Commons,, Arch of Constantine, Creative Commons,, Church of Saint-Etienne at Caen, Creative Commons,,  Image of Abbot Suger in a stained glass window, Creative Commons,, stained glass portrait of Bernard of Clairvaux, Public Domain,************************************.jpg, Saint-Denis ambulatory, Creative Commons,, Vezelay, nave, Creative Commons, , Saint-Denis choir, Creative Commons,, Durham cathedral interior, Creative Commons,

Terms to Know

Architecture, a part of the cruciform church east of the crossing.


An architectural style originating in France during the 12th century. Traits of Gothic include the use of the pointed arch, flying buttress, rib vault, and a general emphasis on space and verticality.

Pointed arch

Also referred to as the ‘ogival arch’ a primary characteristic of Gothic architecture; also seen in Islamic architecture.


A Christian philosopher mystic and theologian during the late 5th century.

Rib vault

Architecture, a vault supported by or decorated with diagonal ribs.


A form of theology and philosophy taught at universities during the Middle Ages based on Aristotelian logic.