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main characteristics Gothic: flying buttresses, windows with tracery, piers composed of colonettes or shafts bundled around a core. Skeletal system vs. mass of wall necessary in Romanesque architecture. Big windows vs small windows. emphasis on the VERTICAL.


chapter 9 flying buttress: were diagonal arches that provided support to the structure. It became a major design feature on French cathedrals.


Photo: ICEHOTEL (Asaf Kliger), Flying Buttress design by AnnaKatrin Kraus, Hans Aescht

The delicate vaulted ceilings of Malbork Castle in Poland. These ceilings are another feature of gothic architecture.


Flying buttress in York, England - Photo by mikeuk / E+ / Getty Images