Gothic Architecture

by: Colette Graham


The history of Gothic architecture and the changing styles of buildings are described by the intro of stained-glass windows, gargoyles, flying buttresses, tall spires and pointed arches.

Important Details

Three phases of Gothic architectural: Early, High, and Late Gothic.

  • In the Early Gothic cathedral architects and masons attention was on the task of optimizing weight distribution
  • In the High concentrated on enhancing the 'look and feel' of the building.
  • In the Late, walls were transformed into one continuous expanse of glass, supported by skeletal uprights and tracery.