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The queen of Gothic religious architecture is not the Parisian cathedral that Hugo’s hunchback called home, but another grande dame, Cathedral Amiens in unassuming little Picardy, France.

The queen of Gothic religious architecture is not the Parisian cathedral that Hugo’s hunchback called home, but another grande dame, Cathedral Amiens in unassuming little Picardy, France.

Catedral de Burgos, Castilla y León, Spain.

Catedral de Burgos, Castilla y León, Spain.

From the early 12th century, French builders developed the Gothic style, marked by the use of rib vaults, pointed arches, flying buttresses, and large stained glass windows. The Gothic style was mainly used in churches and cathedrals, and continued in use until the 16th century in much of Europe.

From the early 12th century, French builders developed the Gothic style, marked by the use of rib vaults, pointed arches, flying buttresses, and large stained glass windows. The Gothic style was mainly used in churches and cathedrals, and continued in use until the 16th century in much of Europe.

Palace of Westminster, London

Palace of Westminster, London

Milan Duomo

Milan Duomo

Duomo di Milano - Milan Cathedral at Night - Things to do when visiting Milan…

Duomo di Milano - Milan Cathedral at Night - Things to do when visiting Milan…

Abandoned... The architecture is breathtaking.

Abandoned... The architecture is breathtaking.

the Steeple of the  Gothic Cathedral in Barcelona

the Steeple of the Gothic Cathedral in Barcelona

Lichfield Cathedral - Saxon church on the site from 1085 which was replaced by a Norman Cathedral then by a Gothic Cathedral begun in 1175.

Lichfield Cathedral - Saxon church on the site from 1085 which was replaced by a Norman Cathedral then by a Gothic Cathedral begun in 1175.

Clermont Ferrand and its gothic cathedral at sunrise - Auvergne, France

Clermont Ferrand and its gothic cathedral at sunrise - Auvergne, France