Medieval cathedrals

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussions' started by nosborne48, Mar 13, 2021.

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  1. nosborne48

    nosborne48 Well-Known Member

    Just an idle thought on a windy Spring afternoon...why did the French and the English and the Germans and others build such fantastic and horribly expensive churches in the Middle Ages? These buildings are complex from a civil engineering and architectural standpoint as well as gigantic works of sacred art. They are amazing to me today. But what prompted Christian authorities to express themselves in this unique manner? Thoughts?
     
  2. Mac Juli

    Mac Juli Well-Known Member

    Well, according to an Austrian guy called Sigmund Freud... :)
     
  3. Vonnegut

    Vonnegut Active Member

    Political jockeying for status? Local nobility sponsoring an arms race in church extravagance, in hopes of parlaying into greater family prestige, wealth, and connections. Rome determined a lot back then...
     

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