Notre Dame Cathedral

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Notre Dame Cathedral

10 Gothic Characteristics1. Stained Glass Windows2. Flying Buttresses3. Pointed Arches4. Vertical Height5. Rose Window6. Pinnacle7. Ribbed Vault8. Light9. Clerestory10. Jamb Figures


The Gothic architectural style is characterized by light and airy elements. It emphasized a bright environment, an open interior, and consisted of many glass windows, slender columns, and a grand facade of vertial height, among others. One particular element that would give it that airy feel is the flying buttress, located on the outside of the cathedral. The Notre Dame Cathedral is the epitome of Gothic architecture. With its own flying buttresses, well lit, spacious interior, vaulted arches, and prominant decorations, the Notre Dame ideally represents the Gothic architectural style. Other characteristics include pointed tympanums, pinnacles and spires, and stained glass windows.




The Notre Dame Cathedral, now over 800 years old, is located on a tiny island in Ile de la Cite in the middle of river Seine in Paris, France, and took over 200 years to build. In the cathedral, the crowning of Henry VI of England took place in 1431. The Cathedral was at one time in a stage of total disrepair and close to the point of being demolished, but was later saved by Napoleon who himself was crowned Emperor in 1804 inside the Cathedral as well. It was involved in the French Revolution and recieved some minor damage, but it has since been reconstructed. Additionally, Notre Dame is still in use today by the Roman Catholic Church for Sunday mass and it is the seat of the Archbishop of Paris.


Built from 1163 to 1345


Notre Dame CathedralParis, France



Late 1240s: Rose window added to the north transept by Jean de Chelles.



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