Magnificent Gothic Architecture

I have always enjoyed Gothic architecture, and the English perpendicular style represents the height of this magnificent art.  I came across this photograph in Flickr of the  Bodleian Library Oxford.  To think that they were able to create interiors of such amazing detail and precision, all in the late Middle Ages without the benefit of modern mathematics, advanced machines or even iron reinforcement.  Take a moment to just look at the detail, and think how difficult it was to design and successfully construct such a roof, without the benefit of all the modern devices we have today. This truly represents, to me, a high point in Western architecture. Of course, it has been overlooked in the pursuit of the neoclassical style, which is also nice.  But Gothic architecture is purer in form, and very beautiful when done well.


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