Soaring Spires: 12 Exceptional Examples of Gothic Architecture

The difference in Gothic when compared with buildings from the Holy Roman Empire is that Roman buildings used rounded arches, which necessitated huge columns to help hold them. Gothic buildings employ pointed arches borrowed from Islamic architecture, which reduce lateral stress, so the load-bearing columns can be much thinner. These larger arches also permit the use of more windows and allow buildings to reach higher, which is why so many buildings made in the Gothic style are so tall. Heres __ beautiful examples of Gothic architecture done properly.

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