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Miranda Jackovich

‘The Abbey Church of Saint Denis’ greatly contrasts from the architecture of the Romanesque period. The columns of the previous era gave a grounded feeling due to the width and strength of designs. The Gothic period architecture and artwork lifts the eyes by thinning and elongating columns and removes walls to open up the space. With the incorporation of the pointed arch, it gave structural integrity allowing more space for windows. The light was associated with the divine, giving the sense of feeling closer to it while in attendance of church. The intent of having a heavenly surroundings influences the practitioners to have a positive outlook. It’s recognizable how this uplifting environment came to develop out of the chaos that occurred in the Medieval era.