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The process of chipping away rough cuts on stained glass; preparing stained glass pieces for insertion into a greater artwork.
A walkway that encircles an area. Previously, this feature was found in only central-plan churches. It was added to longitudinal-plan churches to allow large groups of pilgrims greater access to relics.
A vaulting system where curved bands of masonry cover the diagonal ridges of the vault.
Mastermind behind the design changes at St-Denis that set the standard for Gothic architecture.
An arched exterior support that counters the outward thrust of the interior vaulting system.
An Islamic form of an arch; slightly pointed at the apex of the arch. Used in Christian churches so builders could span more space and build higher.
The thin stone bars that form a delicate and lacy framework of bar tracery for stained glass windows.
1140-1194 CE. 1194 is the year in which Chartres Cathedral burned; the rebuild incorporated the fundamentals introduced by Abbott Suger, but expanded the church to a completely new scale.
choir (in architecture)
The area in a church between the nave and the sanctuary. Established in the Romanesque pilgrimage churches, but enhanced by non-load bearing walls of stained glass in the Gothic period.
An arcaded wall passageway; occupies the space between the upper and lower stories of High Gothic cathedrals.
A circular window with stained glass and stone tracery used on the facades of Gothic cathedrals.
A term popularized by a 16th c. artist who attributed the architecture of the 12th/13th centuries to German invaders. In its own day, this architecture was called modern.
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