Throwback Thursday

February 5, 2009 · Posted in Throwbacks 

St. Chapelle

The term “Gothic” has come to be synonymous with “scary” and very associated with the color black.  But today’s throwback goes to Gothic architecture.  Because of the stigma I took a long time to warm up to it, but the term “Gothic” to me now means “not scary” and I associate it with the variouse soft colors of amazing stained glass windows.  My fave of all Gothicdom is the Cathedral of St. Chapelle.  It’s not nearly as large as other Gothic cathedrals, but it’s basically all windows, which was what the masons and the Catholic church were going for.  The structural support all but disappears, there’s tons of light and color, and there’s a feeling that the whole thing should collapse any minute; the buildings actually represented some of the magic that is religion.  Being inside these cathedrals was to be a heavenly experience.

Let’s not forget other beautiful aspects of the Gothic era:

fan-vaults

koelner_dom_innenraum

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