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300pxSalisbury Cathedral completed circa 1265 in the Gothic style
300pxSalisbury Cathedral completed circa 1265 in the Gothic style
Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell, Auckland. Late 20th century. The modern facade hints at features of the elevation of the older wooden Gothic cathedral just visible behind it.

Ecclesiastical architecture is architecture pertaining to the design of Christian churches and other religious buildings, since the Greek "ecclesia", meaning a group of communicants, has developed specifically Christian connotations. Within the broader category of sacred architecture, Ecclesiastical architecture has often adapted the forms of contemporary architecture. However, medieval Gothic architecture is one of the most common styles for Christian religious buildings. Gothic was briefly replaced in popularity by the more classical ancient Greek and Roman influenced styles in the late 16th and 18th centuries. In the 19th century there was a large Gothic revival as the chosen form of ecclesiastical architecture, especially to (but not limited to) churches of the Anglican faith. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1352x1120, 349 KB) Salisbury Cathedral in the early morning light. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1352x1120, 349 KB) Salisbury Cathedral in the early morning light. ... Salisbury Cathedral in the early morning light. ... See also Gothic art. ... See also Gothic art. ... The Parthenon on top of the Acropolis, Athens, Greece Architecture (from Latin, architectura and ultimately from Greek, αρχιτεκτων, a master builder, from αρχι- chief, leader and τεκτων, builder, carpenter) is the art and science of designing buildings and structures. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... This article should be transwikied to wiktionary Ecclesiastical means pertaining to the Church (especially Christianity) as an organized body of believers and clergy, with a stress on its juridical and institutional structure. ... The Middle Ages formed the middle period in a traditional schematic division of European history into three ages: the classical civilization of Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and modern times. ... See also Gothic art. ... A Christian is a follower of Jesus Christ. ... From the point of view of modern times, the ancient civilizations of the Mediterranean sometimes seem to blend smoothly into one melange we call the Classical. ... Victoria Tower at the Palace of Westminster, London: Gothic details provided by A.W.N. Pugin The Gothic revival was a European architectural movement with origins in mid-18th century England. ... The term Anglican describes those people and churches following the religious traditions of the Church of England, especially following the Reformation. ...

Modern ecclesiastical architecture tends to be un-influenced by any one chosen form of architecture, although often retrospective influences of either classical of Gothic can be discerned in the design of a religious building.

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Gothic architecture - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1708 words)
Gothic architecture characterizes any of the styles of European architecture, particularly associated with cathedrals and other churches, in use throughout Europe during the high and late medieval period, from the 12th century onwards.
It was succeeded by Renaissance architecture, a revival of Roman formulas, at varying times in Europe, beginning in Florence in the 15th century.
The Gothic cathedral was supposed to be a microcosm representing the world, and each architectural concept, mainly the loftiness and huge dimensions of the structure, were intended to pass a theological message: the great glory of God versus the smallness and insignificance of the mortal being.
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