Gothic Architecture

The Times Of Beautiful Buildings

Gothic architecture was a style in Europe that lasted from the 12th century until the 16th the 12th to 13th centuries, feats of engineering permitted increasingly gigantic buildings. The rib vault, flying buttress, and pointed (gothic) arches were solutions to the problems of building very large buildings while providing as much natural light as possible. Stained-glass window panels rendered startling sun-dappled interior effects.One of the earliest buildings to combine these elements into a coherent style was the abbey of Saint-Denis.