One of the most striking characteristics of the English gothic style within Salisbury was the use of stained glass. The vivid blues of the stained glass behind the alter drew the eye more than anything else (except for the old people you had to constantly watch out for). The stained glass in the entire building was lovely, but it seemed that the best was reserved for the space behind the alter, which fits what we talked about in class.

The stained glass gave the light within the cathedral an otherworldly quality. I thought that the second tier of windows made the room seem bigger, but didn’t draw the eye upward. The eye is instead drawn toward the alter, which the English believed to be the most important space within the cathedral. The stained glass draws attention to the light and gives it a religious meaning, with its depictions of Biblical moments. This is characteristic of the Gothic movement.

I thought that the use of a double transept added to the feeling of vast space within the cathedral, which also seemed to fit with the class lecture. I remember that English gothic was less concerned with height than the other types. The vast space within the cathedral was another way to strengthen the majestic feel of the building.

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