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Gothic architecture

Gothic architecture flourished during the mid and late medieval period.
  a style of architecture characterized by slender vertical piers and counterbalancing buttresses and by vaulting and pointed arches — famously popularized in European cathedrals built between the 12th and 16th centuries
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  • Gothic architecture flourished during the mid and late medieval period.
  • It looked like a medieval fortress, with a Gothic cathedral grafted to its belly.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Docks, hospitals, wharves, a Gothic cathedral, a government house, macadamised streets, give to Hong Kong the appearance of a town in Kent or Surrey transferred by some strange magic to the antipodes.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • On the afternoon of May 15, when the blizzard finally abated, I returned to the southeast face and climbed to the top of a slender ridge that abuts the upper peak like a flying buttress on a Gothic cathedral.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild

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  • The photo showed the main entrance of a Gothic cathedral—the traditional, recessed archway, narrowing through multiple, ribbed layers to a small doorway.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Even from across the street she could see it exactly as it was, a towering Gothic cathedral whose spires seemed to pierce the dark blue sky like knives.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • He followed the gargoyle up the thousand and one steps carved into the interior of the wall that finally led onto the roof of the Gothic cathedral.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • Thus, to sum up the points which we have just indicated, three sorts of ravages to-day disfigure Gothic architecture.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Sleary himself, a stout modern statue with a money-box at its elbow, in an ecclesiastical niche of early Gothic architecture, took the money.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • He liked knowing that Gothic architecture, with its upward trend, was peculiarly appropriate to universities, and the idea became personal to him.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise

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  • He did not at that time see that mediaevalism was as dead as a fern-leaf in a lump of coal; that other developments were shaping in the world around him, in which Gothic architecture and its associations had no place.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • She had been imagining the scene of a crime, a Gothic cathedral, whose flamboyant vaulting would be flooded with brazen light of scarlet and indigo from a stained-glass backdrop of lurid suffering.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • It’s finer than the finest work of art—than a Greek bas-relief, than a great Titian, than a Gothic cathedral.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • He has fallen in love with the Gothic architecture of the campus, always astonished by the physical beauty that surrounds him, that roots him to his environs in a way he had never felt growing up on Pemberton Road.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • Before we left, Deo wanted to visit some of his favorite extracurricular spots: the benches overlooking Harlem on Morningside Drive and the Riverside Church and finally St. John the Divine, the immense unfinished Gothic cathedral in Morningside Heights, just a short walk from the campus.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • That’s what enabled Western man to spend decades building a Gothic cathedral or a Renaissance piazza.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • But the print, Feininger’s "Church of the Minorites," had an appeal to him that was irrelevant to the art in that its subject, a kind of Gothic cathedral, created from semiabstract lines and planes and colors and shades, seemed to reflect his mind’s vision of the Church of Reason and that was why he’d put it here.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • I have never seen a single Gothic cathedral.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • And they have the only Gothic cathedral in all of Mexico.
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion
  • Sometimes we gazed through a succession of arches, its course very like the aisles of a Gothic cathedral.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • It’s finer than the finest work of art—than a Greek bas-relief, than a great Titian, than a Gothic cathedral.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • "What Chartres was to the Gothic cathedral," wrote Thomas Talmadge, a Chicago architect and critic, "the Montauk Block was to the high commercial building."
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • "You seem astonished," she said, just after we had passed a mill which spanned all the stream save the water-way for traffic, but which was as beautiful in its way as a Gothic cathedral—"You seem astonished at this being so pleasant to look at."
    William Morris  --  News from Nowhere
  • He sought for beauty consciously, and he remembered how even as a boy he had taken pleasure in the Gothic cathedral as one saw it from the precincts; he went there and looked at the massive pile, gray under the cloudy sky, with the central tower that rose like the praise of men to their God; but the boys were batting at the nets, and they were lissom and strong and active; he could not help hearing their shouts and laughter.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • The wonderfully architectural appearance of the pillars, arches and pinnacles, surrounding and surmounting this noble entrance, struck me with admiration, resembling parts of a fine gothic cathedral, and inducing me to propose for it the name Cape Minster.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • Thereafter, on dear, tempestuous February nights, the wind—breathing into my heart, which it shook no less violently than the chimney of my bedroom, the project of a visit to Balbec—blended in me the desire for gothic architecture with that for a storm upon the sea.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • A gothic cathedral of pork.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • On the other side of the street is a gigantic Gothic cathedral dating from the fourteenth century.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • Dante in the thirteenth century is the last Romanesque church; Shakespeare in the sixteenth, the last Gothic cathedral.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Remarkable example of Gothic architecture.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • The entertainment would have been but a poor one for lovers of Gothic architecture.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • The chairs and stalls seem to have been placed there without the slightest concern for the shape of the walls or position of the columns, as if wishing to express their indifference to or disdain for Gothic architecture.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • He doesn’t belong here, thought Scarret, because he doesn’t look modern—that’s what it is—he doesn’t look modern, no matter what kind of pants he’s wearing—he looks like something out of a Gothic cathedral.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • They have audaciously adjusted, in the name of "good taste," upon the wounds of gothic architecture, their miserable gewgaws of a day, their ribbons of marble, their pompons of metal, a veritable leprosy of egg-shaped ornaments, volutes, whorls, draperies, garlands, fringes, stone flames, bronze clouds, pudgy cupids, chubbycheeked cherubim, which begin to devour the face of art in the oratory of Catherine de Medicis, and cause it to expire, two centuries later, tortured and grimacing,…
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • …it would require volumes to develop: in the high Orient, the cradle of primitive times, after Hindoo architecture came Phoenician architecture, that opulent mother of Arabian architecture; in antiquity, after Egyptian architecture, of which Etruscan style and cyclopean monuments are but one variety, came Greek architecture (of which the Roman style is only a continuation), surcharged with the Carthaginian dome; in modern times, after Romanesque architecture came Gothic architecture.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • …there three series into their component parts, we shall find in the three eldest sisters, Hindoo architecture, Egyptian architecture, Romanesque architecture, the same symbol; that is to say, theocracy, caste, unity, dogma, myth, God: and for the three younger sisters, Phoenician architecture, Greek architecture, Gothic architecture, whatever, nevertheless, may be the diversity of form inherent in their nature, the same signification also; that is to say, liberty, the people, man.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
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