. A style of architecture developed in N France
that spread throughout Europe between the 12th and 16th
centuries; characterized by slender vertical piers and
counterbalancing buttresses and by vaulting and pointed
Gothic Architecture has nothing to do with the
Goths, but is a term of contempt bestowed by the architects
of the Renaissance period on mediŠval architecture, which
they termed Gothic or clumsy, fit for barbarians.
"St. Louis ... built the Ste. Chapelle of Paris, ... the
most precious piece of Gothic in Northern Europe." -
Ruskin: Fors Clavigera, vol. i. Napoleon III. magnificently
restored and laid open this exquisite church.
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