unlike the Romanesque round arch, single most recognizable feature in Gothic architecture, arches on every level
a groin vault with stone ribbing, ribbing to more elaborate later on
stone support on the wall that needs support, helped support building walls or protective walls, often decorated with ornamentation
architectural support structures built against a wallt to keep it from falling down
high & skinny for 3 reasons- because the could, symbol of prayer to god, and shows wealth and power
architects flooded their buildings with light, made possible by the ribbed architecture & the pointed arches which made walls lighter
round stained glass windows, borrowed from the Roman oculus, let in more light= closer to God
Stained glass windows
told stories from the Bible, were sermons in glass to those who could not read, ex. "The Last Supper"
interlacing carved stone ribs, usually found in doorways, windows, spires, ceilings, and stairways, gave effect of lace in stone, outside
sharply pointed & sometimes constructed of tracery, always visible from afar
extensive & elaborate, Romanesque had plainer walls, gothic abounds with sculptural detail, ex. "The Three Kings"
from French word gargouille which means "throat", carved stone gutter with a spurt designed to convey water from a roof & away from the side of the building