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Glossary: cathedrals in the Middle Ages

Ambulatory: Part of the church behind the choir which holds chapels. Angevin: relating to the Province of Anjou- Region from 1154-1399..

April 20, 2011

Milan in one day (Italy): memories to cherish for ever

I spent an amazing day in Milan in the middle of December. Follow my footsteps around Milan from the magnificent cathedral Saint Mary..

January 15, 2011

December 17th, 2010 – Photo of the week

  Front of the Duomo in Milan (Italy)   Who said sunsets were only fabulous over mountains and oceans? I toured the city of Milan last..

December 17, 2010

Understanding the world of cathedrals: the Gothic Angevin or Plantagenet architecture

The Gothic Angevin architecture (Plantagenet Architecture) began in the Western part of France in the region called Anjou, more precisely..

December 13, 2010

Understanding the world of cathedrals: the slowing down of cathedrals construction

Cause of work interruption   Often construction remained untouched for long periods of time, explaining why it took so long to finish..

December 13, 2010

Understanding the world of cathedrals: materials, tools, techniques

Thanks for instance to the writing of chroniclers like Father Suger (in Saint Denis Cathedral in France) and Monk Gervase (in Canterbury..

October 15, 2010

Understanding the world of cathedrals: the Cathedral of Canterbury in Kent (England)

Even if you have not made it to the Cathedral of Canterbury, you probably still have heard of Chaucer's Canterbury tales or have learnt..

September 15, 2010

Understanding the world of cathedrals: getting to know the workers and their work

But who were these dedicated workers? First, there was the architect or maître d’oeuvre (French term utilized until the word architect..

August 10, 2010

Understanding the world of cathedrals: the Cathedral Saint Pierre of Poitiers (France)

Amazingly, 80 cathedrals were built in France between the 12th and 13th centuries. One of them is the magnificent Gothic Cathedral Saint..

May 31, 2010

Understanding the world of cathedrals: an inside look on how cathedrals were built

During the Middle Ages, a time when townspeople's timber dwellings were rather modest and kings palaces were quite rare, were built the..

May 31, 2010
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