Gothic Cathedral

The Gothic architecture is a very popular architecture previously used on most of the catholic cathedrals around the world. Chartres Cathedral is one of the greatest example of cathedrals following the Gothic architecture in France. The application of this architecture in this cathedral in France is a broad topic of discussion in the current situation in the world of philosophy and history (Chartres Cathedral). This paper seeks to show how the Charters Cathedral exemplifies the style and functions of the Gothic Cathedral. The paper will focus on the attributes of the Middle Ages Gothic Cathedrals that are present in the Charters Cathedral.

The Romanesque predecessor of the Charters Cathedral was destroyed by fire in 1020. The architects embarked on the reconstruction which was based on the Gothic cathedral architecture. The cathedral is a characteristic longitudinal structure with a nave and three levels of elevations, arcade, clerestory and triforium (Hanser, 53). It also have two aisles. All these are characteristics of the Gothic cathedrals architecture. In addition, the three elevations are crossed by a transept which ends in a presbytery and radiating chapels.

The cathedral is also famous for its stained glass art and gothic sculptures that are also very popular in Gothic cathedrals. These structural features of the Charters Cathedral are very important exemplification of Gothic cathedral of the middle Ages (Hanser, 55). Despite the foundation, which still remain a representation of the Romanesque structure, all the structural features of the rebuilt cathedral including the length, sculptures and the features such as the chapels (Chartres Cathedral).


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