Gothic architecture is a renowned building style all over the planet, it’s famous around Europe because of its close relation to Catholic churches. These world-renown structural designs have withstood the test of several centuries, being a structure of great footings. Developed in northern France as early as the twelfth century, it was the power base for a dynasty of French kings showcasing influence and wealth. Today, we see Paris’ northern suburbs, but it’s indeed the first Gothic building style to be constructed, known back then as the Basilica of Saint-Denis. It was from this structure that all other Gothic erections derived their ideas, in Europe and other neighboring continents.
Common features of Gothic buildings are a flying buttress with rose windows with pointed arches and vault-like ribs, different styles developed with time. It was initially meant for ecclesial buildings but didn’t fulfill its destiny as other structures adopted it in the nineteenth century. Gothic buildings did not make their way into Milan, Italy, until the 12th century from Burgundy, the earliest of which lacked décor and were made of brick. Its move to Italy began with the construction of the Duomo di Milano, now, this city holds lots of Gothic designs for tourists to visit. It took more than 5 centuries for the completion of the largest church in Italy, Milan’s Cathedral, to be done.
In Vienna, Austria, Gothics arrived almost at the same time as they made their way into Italy, and due to catholic dominance in Austria, it quickly made an impact. Austria’s signature Gothic is Saint Stephen’s Cathedral present in Vienna, but it wasn’t the first Gothic building. Like Milan, several Gothic structures are present in Vienna, if you’re looking for a place filled with them, Vienna’s your best bet. Rouen Cathedral is regarded as a classic example of Gothic designs, built in the original early style without modifications. With different wars coming and then going, lots of its parts were damaged, though, which were remodeled later on.
About 2 centuries later, Lithuania adopted Gothic style, to become a leading country with Gothic buildings in the eastern region. In Vilnius, the first Gothic structure to be erected was designed for foreign German merchants as paganism dominated the country then. Saint Anne’s Church is the foremost Gothic construction you can see in Baltic nations, made of local and Gothic bricks. In the United Kingdom, there are lots of cities that have fine Gothic erections, only a handful can compete against Oxford. Bell’s tower at Saint Mary’s Church, in most parts of Oxford School and beyond, was erected with Gothics. In Spain and other parts of Europe, there are lots of beautiful Gothic erections, whichever country you visit, Gothic erections won’t elude you.