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Romanesque churches

  1. 1. Romanesque Architecture European Churches 1000-1200
  2. 2. Romanesque Architecture The term "Romanesque" means “like Roman”. It refers to the architecture of the 11th and 12th centuries in medieval Europe to Roman Architecture, based on similarities of forms and materials. Romanesque style is characterized by: General Appearance: Architectural Elements: 1. Dark, solemn spaces 2. Exterior is simple, severe 3. Modest Height 4. Horizontal lines 5. Multiple Units 1. Round arches 2. Barrel Vaults 3. Piers supporting vaults 4. Groin vaults
  3. 3. Romanesque Architecture The Roman basilica, the building in which judicial, commercial, and governmental activities took place, became the primary architectural model for Christian churches in the early Middle Ages. Medieval Italian churches generally imitated its basic design. Such buildings usually contained a center nave with colonnades along an aisle at each side and an apse at one end: on this raised platform sat the bishop and priests.
  4. 4. Romanesque was the first style since the end of Roman imperial architecture (300 CE) to be built in all of Europe. Examples are found in every part of the continent.
  5. 5. Romanesque ArchitectureGeneral Appearance 1. Dark, solemn spaces 2. Exterior is simple, severe 3. Modest Height 4. Horizontal lines 5. Multiple Units Romanesque churches were heavily influenced by the Roman Basilica, but they had a few important differences. The roof was made of stone vaults, which were much heavier and needed more supports. The solution was thicker walls and piers, rather than columns alone, to support the interior spaces. This made the space inside dark, rather gloomy, and kept the height rather low. The exteriors were very simple, and several geometric forms often made up the building, rather than one large space.
  6. 6. Dark, solemn spaces Romanesque churches and castles were dark, with few openings. Wars and invasions were commonplace, so windows and doors were kept to a minimum. With stone and masonry buildings, buildings were safe from fire and invaders, but required large supports for the weight of walls and vaults.
  7. 7. The new concept of stone vaulting required stronger walls for support. Because of the lack of knowledge of the building statics, it was necessary to build strong, thick walls with narrow openings.
  8. 8. Dark, solemn spaces
  9. 9. Dark, solemn spaces
  10. 10. Exterior is simple, severe A combination of masonry, arches and piers are the basis of the Romanesque style. The main concept for buildings was the addition of pure geometrical forms.
  11. 11. Modest Height, Horizontal lines Romanesque churches have an emphasis on horizontal lines, similar to those of Greek & Roman public buildings.
  12. 12. Modest Height, Horizontal lines Horizontal lines Romanesque Church 1000-1200 Vertical lines Gothic Church 1200-1500
  13. 13. Multiple Units Several geometric forms make up the building, rather than one shape. This changes in the Gothic era to one large cross shape.
  14. 14. Romanesque style Multiple units Several shapes Gothic style one large space
  15. 15. Romanesque Architecture Architectural Elements: 1. Round arches 2. Barrel Vaults 3. Piers supporting vaults 4. Groin vaults
  16. 16. Round Arches Round arches are similar to those of the Romans.
  17. 17. Round Arches Notice the piers between the arches.
  18. 18. Barrel Vaults Also called Tunnel Vaults, Barrel Vaults replace the flat roofs commonly used in Roman architecture. This is the simplest vault, created by combining a series of round or Roman arches.
  19. 19. The Barrel vault creates a higher ceiling, but needs large supports under it, so columns are combined with piers.
  20. 20. Piers supporting Vaults The Pier (an upright support generally square or rectangular in plan) is a better solution for heavy masonry walls than the column.
  21. 21. Piers supporting Vaults In the picture on the left, Piers interspaced with columns support a Barrel Vault. On the right, columns on the pier are decorative, rather than main supports.
  22. 22. Groin Vaults The diagonal intersections are called groins. The advantage of the groin vault is that its weight and thrusts are concentrated at the four corners.
  23. 23. Groin Vaults A Groin, or Cross vault is a combination of two barrel vaults at intersecting angles. It provided a more aesthetically pleasing appearance for intersecting vaults. Notice the piers, right.
  24. 24. Name two key features of this Romanesque building.
  25. 25. rectangular piers holding up groin, or cross vaults
  26. 26. Romanesque or Gothic?
  27. 27. Romanesque multiple geometric units Gothic vertical lines
  28. 28. Romanesque - dark, with piers
  29. 29. Gothic - high, light & airy
  30. 30. Romanesque Architecture European Churches 1000-1200 This presentation is for educational purposes only

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