Exploration Late Middle Age

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Ryan Williams The Late Middle Ages What this blueprint of a cathedral shows, from a technological standpoint, is the many new architectural feats that were implemented into the Gothic structures of the late middle ages. The main goals of Gothic architecture were to create greater light, height, and space in the buildings, and these goals were accomplished by a variety of innovative new techniques. The flying buttress, as demonstrated in the example, allows the immense weight of the pointed arch to be supported. What is innovative is that instead of having loads of rock piled at the
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Unformatted text preview: foundation, making for less space and light to be let in, the buttress was moved away from the structure, opening it up to sunlight, while at the same time allowing for heights that were previously impossible. Another advancement was the pointed arch, which would allow for wide openings in windows and doorways while remaining structurally sound. These achievements would be applied, along with the ribbed vault, in order to construct some of the most amazing structures of all time....
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This note was uploaded on 05/16/2008 for the course HIST 175 taught by Professor Friedel during the Spring '08 term at Maryland.

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