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Gothic Revival

Gothic architecture, characterised by the use of pointed arches, traceried windows and stone-vaulted roofs, dominated much of Europe from the 12th century to the 16th century. It was superseded by styles derived from the buildings of ancient Greece and Rome, but in the 19th century many architects turned back to Gothic. They were partly attracted by its beauty and its romantic associations with the pre-industrial age; partly by its Christian symbolism; and partly by what they believed to be its 'truthfulness': the way in which its buildings clearly expressed their methods of construction and their purpose. This renewed interest in medieval architecture is known as the Gothic Revival.