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When Gothic becomes flamboyant
Born in the 14th century, the so-called Flamboyant Gothic owes its name to the often flamed shape of its ornamentations. It pushes its decorations to the limit and wants to be more ethereal and luminous. Its architects found a way to mount pillars in one piece, from the floor to the vault. The cross ribbed technique also evolved, the level of the triforium (narrow passage inside the wall) changed, and the windows climbed higher. Saint Stephen Cathedral in Metz and that of Beauvais are striking examples of Flamboyant architecture.
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