-The Gothic cathedral was the administrative seat of a bishop, the site of ecclesiastical authority, and an educational center-a fount of theological doctrine and divine precept
-Typical Gothic cathedral honored one or more saints, including and especially the Virgin Mary-the principal intercessor between God and the Christian believer
-In the cathedral, the various types of religious expression converged: Sculpture appeared in its portals, capitals, and choir screens; stained glass diffused divine light through its windows; painted altarpieces embellished its chapels; medieval plays were enacted both within its walls and outside its doors; liturgical music filled its choirs.
-The Gothic cathedral, often large enough to hold the entire population of a town, was the municipal center. While the Romanesque church usually constituted a rural retreat for monastics and pilgrims, the Gothic cathedral, the seat of a bishop, served as the focal point for an urban community