Gothic Cathedrals

The most interesting cathedral to me, was the creation of the the cathedral in Florence, Italy. I chose the prompt of construction: the spirit of making represents forward-thinking design and language: representing region, each cathedral speaks a different dialect.


Compared to the other gothic cathedrals, such as those being Salisbury, cologne, and Amiens, the Florence cathedral is very innovative and represents forward-thinking design. For the first time, we see the “dome” shape being used. Interestingly enough, it was not a true dome, it was more of an octagon. Also there were two domes, one inside of the other. This way, it looked proportional from the inside and proportional from the outside. All of the other cathedrals seem to cling to the traditional gothic shapes and forms.

Each region shapes the design of its’ cathedral. As you can see the cathedral in Florence is the main focal point of the city. The rest of the buildings are created in unison with it, repeating the color, and lines. The cathedral beings the whole city together. The region greatly affects the function of the cathedral as well. The gothic cathedral in Salisbury for example uses stain glass windows. As the light shines through the glass, it not only brightens up the cathedral but creates warmth. Contrary to Salisbury, Florence uses mosaic tiles in their cathedral. The warmth of the climate and bright sunshine reflects off the tiles and illuminates the cathedral.


One thought on “Gothic Cathedrals

  1. This wasn’t actually the 1st (pantheon, hagia sophia…etc). But, great points on the material/geographical dialect used in the cathedrals…why do you think the Florence Duomo used mosaic as a dialect? Why was bouncing, radiant light important as a material symbol in Italy?

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