France travel guide


France Travel Guide

The Gothic Period

The Gothic style began in the twelveth century, and had as a base the Romanesque style. During this period France had become a centre of commerce, and many cathedrals with Gothic style were constructed with the donations of mercantile interests. By the thirteenth century The Gothic style had become the Universal style in all of Europe, and was the first French style to be used in all Europe.

The most important example of Gothic style is the church of Saint-Denis, near Paris, built between 1137 and 1144. But there are also other churches built in this style in Noyon, Senlis, Sens, Reims, Rouen and Laon, Amiens Cathedral and Sainte-Chapelle. Chartres Cathedral was rebuilt in this period due to a fire.

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« The Gothic Period
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« The Baroque and Rococo Period
« The nineteenth century
« The twentieth century

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