It’s the pursuit of geometric equality, when followed without fail, which gives gothic cathedrals their characteristic unrefined harmony. “Every part of the building is linked logically, harmoniously and proportionally to the whole world” (Scott).
Chartres Cathedral is an example of the above. It can be seen from many miles away; only the grain silos that dot the lands in which the city lies can contend with the cathedrals outline (Coldstream). The Cathedral itself “occupies a central position in the history of Western architecture for many reasons” (Pestell). Chartres along with the Rheims and Amiens Cathedrals, have long been taken as the “most perfect Gothic solutions to the structural and aesthetic problems posed by the design of a great church” (Pestell).
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