From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Gothic architecture is a style of architecture, particularly associated with cathedrals and other churches, which flourished in Europe during the high and late medieval period. Beginning in twelfth century France, it was known as "the French Style" (Opus Francigenum) during the period, with the term Gothic first appearing in the Reformation era as a stylistic insult. Its characteristic features include the pointed arch, the ribbed vault and the flying buttress.
A series of Gothic revivals began in mid-eighteenth century England, spread through nineteenth century Europe and continued, largely for ecclesiastical and university structures, into the twentieth century.
About medieval Gothic in particular
- List of Gothic architecture
- English Gothic architecture
- French Gothic architecture
- Italian Gothic architecture
- Medieval architecture
- Middle Ages in history
- Polish Gothic architecture
- Portuguese Gothic architecture
- Renaissance of the 12th century
- Spanish Gothic architecture
About Gothic architecture more generally or in other senses
- Architectural history
- Architectural style
- Cathedral architecture of Western Europe. This article details the development of cathedral buildings to suit their liturgical and traditional functions, and compares the regional differences between cathedrals of Italy, France, England, Germany and Spain, with brief comments about 12 other countries.
- Gothic Revival
- Stalinist architecture