It is difficult to find the right words to describe impressions
of a Gothic Cathedral. They are high and reach for the sky infinite arrows
towers and turrets, visperhof, finials, pointed arches. But more striking
not so much height. how much wealth aspects. opening when
you circle around the Cathedral.
Gothic cathedrals are not only high, but also very long: for example
has a length of 130 meters and the length of the transept is 64 meters, and to
around it is required to pass at least half a kilometer. Continue reading
It is difficult to find the right words to describe impressions from the Gothic Cathedral. They are high and reach for the sky endless arrows of towers and turrets, visperhof, finials, pointed arches. But more striking is not how much height. how much wealth aspects. opening, when you circle around the Cathedral.
Gothic cathedrals are not only high, but also very long: for example Chartres has a length of 130 meters and the length of the transept is 64 meters, and to work around around it is required to pass at least half a kilometer. And with each point the Cathedral looks new. Unlike the Romanesque Church with its clear, easily observable forms. the Gothic Cathedral is vast, often asymmetrical and even heterogeneous in its parts: each of its facades with their individual portal. Walls are not felt, they would not have. Arches, galleries, towers, some sites with arcades, huge Windows, on and on – infinitely complex, delicate open forms.
And all this space is inhabited – the Cathedral both inside and outside is inhabited by a mass of sculptures ( in the Chartres Cathedral about ten thousand sculptures). They occupy not only the portals and galleries, but they can also be found on the roof, the eaves, under the arches of the chapels, spiral staircases, occur in the gutter,on consoles. In short, the Gothic Cathedral is the world. He really has absorbed the world of the medieval city. Continue reading
Cologne Cathedral (Cologne Cathedral)
This Cathedral is not only one of the most famous Catholic shrines in Germany and the landmark of the city for many centuries. Since 1880, when finished to build the spires, until 1884, the Church was the tallest building in the world. Although she lost the title of tallest building to the Washington monument, however, is still the tallest Church built in the Gothic style.
I started to build a Shrine on the site of a former Roman temple in the 13th century and completed after 600 years. The Cathedral was built in honor of the virgin Mary and the Apostle Peter. Here is the biggest Shrine in Western Europe – the sarcophagus with the relics of the Magi. Carried a gilded sarcophagus from Milan.
Aachen Cathedral (Aachen Cathedral)
The oldest in Northern Europe, the Cathedral has the name of the Cathedral of the Empire. Its construction began in the distant year 786 architect by the name of Charlemagne (Charlemagne). When, in 814 year the architect died, his remains were buried in the Cathedral in a private chapel. Continue reading