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Flying Buttress

Buttresses not fully attached to a building. To allow for the quantity of window space on stone Gothic churches, flying buttresses were introduced to take some of the load onto external support.

   
       
Notre Dame de Paris - France
Notre Dame de Paris - France
       
 
Milan Cathedral - Italy (16th c.)
 
Leon Cathedral - Spain
 
Winchester Cathedral - England
 
       
 
Basilica di San Vitale - Ravenna - Italy - ( 547 )
 
Chartres Cathedral - France
 
Wells Cathedral - England
 
       
 
Basilica di San Vitale - Ravenna - Italy - ( 547 )
 
Chartres Cathedral - France
 
St. Gatien - Tours - France