Gothic cathedral in 12th-15th centuries in western europe

THE TOPIC OF ESSAY (The longer and more precise form)

The Gothic Cathedral can be described as the perfect visual manifestation of medieval life and belief in 12-15 centuries in western europe. By combining architectural form and structure, sculptures, stained glass, the cathedral reflects its place in developing urban society, while giving expression to the spiritual hopes and beliefs of people. Use Chartres Catherdral as the focus of essay, but include reference to others. Some ideas: architectural principles, symbolic entities, placement of sculptures and subject matter shown, stained glass as functioning as a representation of philosophical and theological concepts, various roles caherdraws played in society.