Gothic architecture  

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Gothic architecture is a style of architecture, particularly associated with cathedrals and other churches, which flourished in Europe during the high and late medieval period. Beginning in twelfth century France, it was known as "the French Style" (Opus Francigenum) during the period, with the term Gothic first appearing in the Reformation era as a stylistic insult. Its characteristic features include the pointed arch, the ribbed vault and the flying buttress.

It was succeeded by Renaissance architecture beginning in Florence in the fifteenth century.

A series of Gothic revivals began in mid-eighteenth century England, spread through nineteenth century Europe and continued, largely for ecclesiastical and university structures, into the twentieth century.

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About medieval Gothic in particular

About Gothic architecture more generally or in other senses

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