Cologne Cathedral

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Cologne, North Rhine–Westphalia, Germany; from 1248

The Gothic style of architecture spread right across northern Europe and into Spain, developing local variations and sub-styles along the way and through the centuries. The German cathedrals followed quite closely the French pattern represented by the cathedral of St Etienne at Bourges (pages 136–37), but went further in developing the masonry’s apparent lack of substance.

For example, at Strasbourg (a border city that has at various times been in France or in Germany), the solid masonry walls are often covered with an insubstantial screen of delicate stonework, including sculpture, ...

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