The cost of building the medieval cathedral came from the people and their payments they made to the Catholic Church. These were huge cathedrals and it required lot of work and money to complete it. The church depended on the wealthy, support of the nobility, and the talent of craftsmen to complete these cathedrals. According to Western Civilization, “the medieval cathedral could not have been completed without the support of the nobility, the resources of the wealthy, the learning of trained theologians, and the talents of urban craftsmen (Western Civilization 232)”. The starting for building the cathedral was for an architect to design a plan for the cathedral. The architect also knew the best skilled craftsmen who could do the job like a blacksmith, a carpenter, a stone cutter, and a roofer. Money was also raised to build the cathedral from the Nobility. They were persuaded by the Clergy to cut their spending on luxuries and instead contribute to the cost of the cathedral.
The church also had policy put in place to pay for the cost of the Cathedral. Some of these policies include the 10 percent income tax that the church imposed on everyone and the church raised money through the policy that allowed them to collect a significant portion of the estates of the victims of their inquisitions. This allows the church to pay for cost of the cathedral. The church owned large lands and they operated farms on them through the work from the peasants. This was also a source of income for the church to pay for the cathedral. The church also received money from services like wedding and burials. To conclude, the church depended greatly on the help from the people to build the cathedral.