churches 4 - 10/13/2008 In-Class Writing #4 Explain the...

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10/13/2008 In-Class Writing #4 Explain the differences and similarities between Christian, Romanesque, and Gothic churches. The Romanesque period was from approximately 800 A.D. to 1100 A.D. The term Romanesque was first given to this type of architecture in the 19th Century due to it's similarities between the barrel vault and the Roman arch. Church buildings, art, and sculpture, were all used for the purpose to spread the Christian Gospel. During this time in Europe there was a very large interest in religion. Large numbers of people traveled to visit sites of saints and martyrs. People believed that holy relics had the power to do miracles. The routes to the more famous holy places became very well traveled and required larger buildings to hold the large crowds. The basilica style church could not hold the large crowds which were coming. They began to build churches in the shape of the Latin cross. The pilgrim would enter the church through the nave. They would then come to the area known as the crossing, which was under a groin
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