GOTHIC / ENGLISH TUDOR COLLECTION
Abbot Suger faced a daunting task. He had been commanded to create an architectural expression that fit King Louis VII's kingdom called France.
The good Abbot was steeped in the writings of 5th century mystic, Pseudo-Dionysius, who linked light with the Divine. But Abbot Suger was not an architect. How was he to achieve the King's lofty edict?
Through windows, of course. Tall pointed arches that rushed towards the heavens. Made possible with the use of ribbed vaults and flying buttresses.
Gothic architecture was born.
On June 11, 1144, King Louis VII, members of his court, and the (we can only assume) proud patron father of Gothic architecture, Abbot Suger, gathered to dedicate the new addition to Abbey St. Denis.
900 years later, we don't need a King and medieval craftsmen for an excuse to break out the champagne. Introducing Gothic Arches.
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