Rib Vaults, Rouen Cathedral

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Hillary Smith
by Jorge Láscar
published on 04 December 2020
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Like most Gothic cathedrals, Rouen Cathedral in Normandy, France was constructed using rib vaults, visible here above the nave of the church. This diagonal framework, a change from the rounded barrel vaults common to Romanesque architecture, enabled the construction of taller and thinner buildings. Though this technique had been used in earlier architectural styles, Gothic architecture is especially known for its use of rib vaults.

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Láscar, J. (2020, December 04). Rib Vaults, Rouen Cathedral. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/13179/rib-vaults-rouen-cathedral/

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