Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Ribbed Vaulting

Earlier Romanesque churches relied on barrel vaulting. Gothic builders introduced the dramatic technique of ribbed vaulting.

While barrel vaulting carried weight on continuous solid walls, ribbed vaulting used columns to support the weight. The ribs also delineated the vaults and gave a sense of unity to the structure.

You can see the ribbed vaulting in the ceiling above this cloister at Royaumont Abbey in Asnières-sur-Oise, France.



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