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French Gothic architecture

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Notre-Dame Cathedral of Paris, Finest Example of French Gothic Architecture

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How a Teenager Designs French Gothic Architecture

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French Gothic architecture

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French Gothic Architecture

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Inside Notre-Dame Cathedral of Paris amazing French Gothic Architecture

French Gothic architecture is a style which emerged in France in 1140, and was dominant until the mid-16th century. The most notable examples are the great Gothic cathedrals of France, including Notre Dame Cathedral, Chartres Cathedral, and Amiens Cathedral. Its main characteristics were the search for verticality, or height, and the innovative use of flying buttresses and other architectural innovations to distribute the weight of the stone structures to supports on the outside, allowing unprecedented height and volume, The new techniques also permitted the addition of larger windows, including enormous stained glass windows, which filled the cathedrals with light. The French style was widely copied in other parts of northern Europe, particularly Germany and England. It was gradually supplanted as the dominant French style in the mid-16th century by French Renaissance architecture.
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  • Origins 

  • Characteristics 

  • Early Gothic Style - Saint-Denis, Sens, Senlis, and Notre Dame 

  • High Gothic Cathedrals - Chartres, Bourges, Reims, Amiens 

  • Rayonnant Gothic - Sainte-Chapelle and the rose windows of Notre-Dame 

  • Flamboyant Gothic - Rouen Cathedral, Sainte-Chapelle de Vincennes 

  • Religious architecture in the French regions 

  • Gothic civil architecture 

  • Decline and transition 

  • Military architecture 

  • Restoration and Gothic revival 

  • Sculpture and Symbolism - the "Book for the Poor" 

  • Timeline