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What is the difference of Gothic and Renaissance Architecture? October 20, 2010

At first I thought they are the same. I cannot distinguish whether it is a gothic or a renaissance. But now  when I learn at HSTARC2 the differences between them, I can now tell their differences.
During our HSTAR1 we took up some information about Gothic but I didn’t understand much about Gothic Architecture. I still have so much question about it and I want to clear it up. So when you say Gothic Architecture, the first thing that comes up in my in terms of Gothic- Horror, no God and full of mystery.
But I was totally wrong about my believes. Gothic Architecture is about magnificent structures such us churches,cathedral and basilica. Gothic Architecture style first appeared in France. The term of Gothic was made by Giorgio Vasari.
What I like in Gothic Architecture is the massive structures that made whole Europe put in the history of architecture. The way it build was magnificent. You can distinguished whether it is a gothic when you saw a flying-buttresses , gargoyle and rose window (my favorite part in Gothic Architecture which shows a story and life of GOD).
And what it makes me moved when I saw the Latin Cross floor plan of churches and cathedral that made it more organized. From the narthex, left and right side aisles, nave, crossing, transepts, choir, altar, apse, ambulatory and cloister. We learned their function and their purpose.The façade of Gothic cathedrals are asymmetrical and their dome is known as spires.
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Renaissance  Architecture the rebirth of classical Greece and Rome. The term Renaissance was first used by Jacob Burckhardt for his book, The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy.
What I like is the artist at that time are so-called polymaths  that can practice different kinds of profession. And they are more artistic than gothic. Renaissance  cathedrals, focus on the symmetry and the proportion. They want their structure to be perfect.
The Renaissance create a unique decoration that can be both use for interior and exterior plans , this is called pilasters. It is built like column but the difference is it placed flat on the wall.

But at the end I love the originality and the beauty of both eras.