There are various elements that connect Gothic architecture to the Catholic Faith. During the Gothic era architects designed cathedrals using geometric shapes such as, semicircular arches and flying buttresses as the exterior of the cathedral. In addition the cathedrals are constructed with three corresponding interior levels.
Gothic architecture consist of various symbolic significance to the Catholic faith such as, the number three, nine entrances in the cathedral, stained glass, and vaulted ceilings. The number three is a symbol of the trinity of truth, beauty and goodness.
The nine entrances is a symbol of Mary the mother of Jesus, although Chartres has nine entrances also represent the Holy Trinity. Another example of a symbolic significance between the Gothic architecture and the Catholic faith includes the six-pedaled rose in the center of the stained glass windows.
(Benton & Di Yanni 2005) Chapter 12 page 261
Individuals are connected to spiritually with Gothic architecture because of the high ceilings, arches and details that create a feeling of enthusiasm, and inspiration. The vaulted ceilings emphasize a connection to heaven and to God.
Gothic cathedrals represented a place of cooperation, faith, and dedication during a depressing and poverty stricken civilization. Gothic cathedrals were designed with statues of Gargoyles to ward off evil spirits and served as rain spouts.
Gothic architecture represented a time of dramatic change in the Gothic civilization, because of the development of Gothic architecture Italian Renaissance writers considered Gothic architects and artists to be the barbarians of the middle ages. Therefore, Gothic art became a democratic issue.
However, Gothic architecture, art, literature and music is now considered Europe’s most dynamic development of Northern Europe. Gothic architecture is the key contribution to the development of...