The Gothic Revival began in England in the second half of the 18th century and lasted throughout the 19th century. It was a conscious movement to revive medieval Gothic architectural forms.
It’s called ‘Gothic Revival’ because it echoes Gothic architecture, that developed in France in the twelfth century. Gothic was a style used for churches and was meant to emphasize the divine. Inspired by medieval architecture, the 19th-century Gothic Revival transformed it into a decorative fanciful style.
- Elongated tall silhouette
- The flying buttress – projecting support built against a wall and forming an arch with that wall
- Pointed arches
- Vaulted ceiling
- Tracery – an architectural solution by which windows are divided into sections of various proportions by stone bars or ribs of molding
- Light, airy interior
- The gargoyles – a spout in the form of a grotesque human or animal figure projecting from a roof gutter to throw rainwater clear of a building
- An emphasis on decoration and the ornate
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