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Panorama of northeastern interior of Cathedral of Beauvais

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The High Gothic style of the cathedral is marked by engineering expertise and architectural innovation. The Gothic pointed arch, flying buttress and rib vault allow the walls of the cathedral to dematerialize. Large stained glass windows in the upper stories of the choir let in light and contribute to the delicate appearance of this massive edifice. A modular system is used to create unified but expansive spaces. These architectural features define High Gothic as a style in which a buildings structure and ornamentation are highly integrated.
The interior of the church possesses an elaborate astronomical clock and tapestries of the fifteenth and seventeenth centuries; its chief artistic treasures are the stained glass windows of the thirteenth, fourteenth, and sixteenth centuries.



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