One at the very top of the main entrance and one on either end of the transept. There wer... ... middle of paper ... ... opinion, this Cathedral is beautiful and wonderful and definitely a place I could see people traveling too on a pilgrimage. I actually feel as though my trip up to Grace Cathedral was, in a way, a miniature pilgrimage. I am Christian, so this type of surrounding is very special and meaningful to me. The cathedral has many relics and beautiful stained glass windows and great pieces of artwork.
Gothic structures had a tendency to be very tall, light walls, towering structures and with large widows, a lot of light could flow in, giving a strong sense of happiness and godliness. Many town halls castles, palaces, and guild halls were structured in such fashions all over the European continent. Gothic styles are most remembered for the churches and cathedrals which overlook over some European cites. Although it was not as common, some people actually had the interior of their homes styled in a gothic manner. Because these huge giant structures were so awe inspiring, people would travel from all around the region to visit them.
Since the sermons are in the morning the most divine light coming from the apse directly onto the altar makes it the ideal location. Sainte Chapelle exemplifies the structure of gothic architecture and really shows what all of the structural innovations can do to create an open atmosphere within the chapel. Within a sacred space its structure needs to have a very light feeling in order to convey the sense of spirit as stated by Shiner; “It uses the products of the machine to triumph over the merely mechanical and functional, to reinstate the spirit of the waters, of the earth and woods, and to shelter and give free space for the spirit of the man.” (Shiner, Pg. 431).
Statues symbolized sacred priests of the church (Macdonald Intro.). The purpose of these cathedrals were to praise and thank God. People offer prayers and offerings to God at the great cathedrals thinking it would bring a prosperous and healthy life. In the Middle Ages, these "prayers in stone" were made to spread Christianity throughout the world. Being the Bishop’s church, the greatest centers of studies were inside the depths of the cathedrals.
The most prominent symbol in Follett’s masterpiece is the cathedral itself. It is the centerpiece of the entire plot, and also, quite literally, the vital center of the town of Kingsbridge. The building of the vast church binds the citizens together because all of their fates are tied to the effort of accomplishing such a huge project. With the existence of a cathedral, the town also benefits economically because of the increased numbers of religious pilgrims and inevitable attempts to cater to their material demands. The attitude toward the completion of the cathedral is the sole defining factor of a character’s role in the novel.
People provided labor in exchange ... ... middle of paper ... ...e Dame and the Chartres were amazing and ornate in their design. Their tall designs drew peoples' eyes to the heavens. Their extensive use of stained-glass is still used as a design feature in churches today. To think about it, a lot of work, money, and time were put into these two structures for strictly spiritual reasons. They were mainly dedicated to the Virgin Mary and several sections of them were dedicated to various saints.
They provoke us to imitate the virtues of the holy figures depicted on them. They help to transform and bless us. They serve as a means of worship and veneration (Cavarnos 30). The most obvious function of icons is to enhance the beauty of the church. The church is a house of God, which means that it should be decorated as beautiful as possible.
All of these physical qualities make Notre Dame a prime example of Gothic architecture. It does not stand alone in that distinction. One is also likely to see several hundred examples of this style on varying scales throughout Europe. Because, despite its humble origins, Gothic architecture became the standard for religious buildings in the early 11th century thanks to innovative use of new and old design techniques which resulted in majestic buildings that symbolized the builder’s version of heaven. To understand the appeal of Gothic architecture at the time, it is critical to start in the small suburb of Paris called St. Denis.
From around the 11th to the 13th centuries, the various architecture of the gothic style became prominent in France and spread throughout Europe as a strong influence for the arts (Fitzgerald). The cathedrals were the most important aspect of the gothic art style, for they were the largest structures and stood out the most in any setting. On the outside, cathedrals contained all sorts of sculptures and statues, but the inside of them was even more unique. The gothic cathedrals have stain-glass windows that bring them beauty and much light (Spanswick). The most notable gothic Cathedrals are both present in France: Notre Dame, also known as the Chartres Cathedral, and the Saint-Chapelle’s Cathedral.
It took me quite a while to get the courage to pass through the old oak door, but the moment I stepped in, I realized just how enchanting and breathtaking this building could be. Its fantastic architecture and exquisite frescoes reflect perfectly the unity between this earth and the unseen kingdom of angels in such a manner that one cannot say where one ends and the other begins. The way in which the church was built is also the vivid testimony of a medieval period. Although it is a place that can sometimes be cold and ask for respect it is where prayers are answered and magic is done. An overwhelming feeling of inner harmony takes over you once you enter and God seems much closer.