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The Best Places to Find Neo-Gothic Architecture Across the Globe

Gothic architecture was popular in Europe from the Middle Ages until the beginning of the 17th century. Prevalent in churches and universities such as Oxford and Cambridge, gothic architecture is defined by three basic elements: Pointed, or ogival, arches: A narrow steeply pointed ogival arch is sometimes known as a lancet arch. The vertical stress lines of the pointed arch direct the weight down to the supporting pillars. This provided a structural advantage over the semicircular arches of Roman architecture and formed the basis of all other aspects of Gothic architecture. Rib vault: Gothic architects used the rib vault because they were easier to construct compared to the barrel arch; were stronger and more flexible and they were more economical...

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