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Westminster Abbey – London

By |2017-07-31T10:53:24+00:00July 31st, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|

Westminster Abbey western facade (front) Westminster Abbey is a large church in the Gothic style in London, England. Edward the Confessor built an abbey here in 1050 AD, in the Romanesque style. (An abbey is a place for monks or nuns to live and pray) William the Conqueror was crowned in the Abbey. And since his time all English kings and queens have also been crowned [...]

Inside Notre Dame – Paris, France

By |2017-07-31T09:26:25+00:00July 31st, 2017|History|

Notre Dame of Paris nave After they had pretty much finished the nave of Notre Dame of Paris, the builders worked on the crossing. Then they started on the apse. They finished the apse in 1182 AD, and the nave in 1196. Then they began working on the transept. But they soon ran out of money to [...]

Notre Dame of Paris – Medieval Cathedral

By |2018-04-12T00:07:58+00:00July 31st, 2017|History|

Notre Dame of Paris (1160s AD) In 1160 AD, a hundred years after Matilda built the Abbaye aux Dames in Caen, and about the same time as they were building the new cathedral at Laon, the Bishop of Paris, Maurice de Sully, decided that Paris should also have a big newChristian church - after all, how could the French king allow his capital to [...]

Parts of a Church – Architecture

By |2017-07-30T17:40:56+00:00July 30th, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|

Notre Dame of Paris (1160s AD) Medieval architects designed most Romanesque and Gothic churches starting with the design of a Roman basilica. But many churches added a part coming out crossways. That made the whole church take the shape of a cross. It gave you more room for people to see the mass. And it reminded people how Jesus died on [...]

Chartres cathedral – inside the church

By |2017-07-30T17:22:30+00:00July 30th, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|

Chartres nave The architect started from the west end of the cathedral, at the nave. The builders built the nave very tall, the highest in France at that time - 120 feet. And, to keep the church from burning down again, they put on a stone roof instead of a wooden one. But a stone [...]