- Las Lajas Sanctuary (Nariño, Colombia)
- Basilica of San Marco (Venice, Italy)
- Chartres Cathedral (Chartres, France)
- Salisbury Cathedral (Wiltshire, United Kingdom)
- Notre Dame Cathedral (Paris, France)
- Florence Cathedral (Florence, Italy)
- Milan Cathedral (Milan, Italy)
- Cologne Cathedral (Cologne, Germany)
- Santa Maria de Leon Cathedral (Leon, Spain)
- Amiens Cathedral (Amiens, France)
One of my favorite architectural styles is gothic. It is characterized by pointy arches, flying buttress that allow for a large open interior, and many intricate details. Gothic churches became very popular because the flying buttress made it possible to have more windows and higher ceilings, which made worshipers feel closer to God. Furthermore, most churches include grotesque gargoyle hanging up high on the exterior walls that let water to be drained from the roof to the ground. However, they were also used in the design to ward off evil so citizens would know that they are protected in the church.
I’m not a very religious person, but gothic churches are the most breathtaking structures to me. I could spend days in one church and still discover new details every second. If you love gothic churches, I recommend going to Rouen, France. The city not only contains the Rouen Cathedral, which held the record for the tallest cathedral from 1876 to 1880, but also smaller cathedrals scattered around the city. I plan on visiting all those the cathedrals listed above. So far, I have been to the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Florence Cathedral.