Built to honor the God that showed them enough mercy to let them live, Cathedrals were monuments to the strength of the faith of medieval people.

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WB00827_.GIF (132 bytes) Roman arches were simple in design, providing open space and solid architectural strength. WB00827_.GIF (132 bytes) The gothic arch was based on two circles and represented the interaction of God and man.
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WB00827_.GIF (132 bytes) Geometry was important to church design.   The entrance to the cathedral would have three doors, representing the Trinity. WB00827_.GIF (132 bytes) The floor plan of the cathedral was laid out to mirror the symbol of the church, the cruciform.
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WB00827_.GIF (132 bytes) Flying buttresses shouldered the weight of the towering structures, allowing the walls to be thinned and stained glass windows to be made. WB00827_.GIF (132 bytes) Tall spires forced the eyes of the amazed pilgrim upward to the heavens, and served as a beacon to travelers from up to a dozen  miles away.