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The Rise and Fall of the Gothic Cathedral

Lecture no. 12 from the course: Understanding the World's Greatest Structures

The Rise and Fall of the Gothic Cathedral

Taught by Professor Stephen Ressler | 32 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Science Course

Gothic cathedrals are lasting testaments to the power of a series of sweeping architectural developments in medieval Europe. After examining the roots of Gothic cathedrals in their Romanesque predecessors, focus on several structural innovations—including flying buttresses and pointed arches—at work in places such as France's Chartres Cathedral.

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