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Gothic Architecture

This style prevailed between the 12th century and the 16th century in Europe. Mainly an architectural movement, Gothic was characterised by its detailed ornamentation - most noticeably the pointed arches, ribbed vaults, and flying buttresses that allowed the creation of stone buildings reaching great heights, and made possible the introduction of stained glass windows instead of traditional mosaic decorations.
Some of the finest examples of the style include the cathedrals of Chartres, Reims and Amiens.

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