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The parts of a Gothic cathedral Graphic History of Architecture by John Mansbridge

After centuries of trying to copy the marvels of the Roman Empire, Western Europe had finally come up with something new. The most important developments were the pointed arch, the ribbed (pointed) vault and the flying buttress.

dating from the 13th and 14th century, Gothic doorway of the cathedral in Sées, Normandy, France - Architectural drawing c1870

dating from the and century, Gothic doorway of the cathedral in Sées, Normandy, France - Architectural drawing Mais

Clerestory, flying buttress, Chartres Cathedral- Chartres, Eure-et-Loire, France

Clerestory, flying buttress, Chartres Cathedral- Chartres, Eure-et-Loire, France This is the first known use of flying buttresses.

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