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Why Gothic Architecture is AWESOME

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What's the difference between castles and cathedrals? What are the classic design features of Gothic style architecture? Watch to find out.
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Bacon (7 days ago)
Gothic armor is awesome too
Thibault le Tricheur (16 days ago)
The "gothic architecture" is the French Art or Opus Francigenum, "Style ou Art Français"( was called like this in the Middle Age), who appeared in French Middle Age in Ile de France and copied from there in other locations. There are no such thing as "gothic" in Middle Age. The term "Gothic" is from the renaissance era and was used during 18/19th century, especially during the Romantism "era", to promote national identity, and was used instead of "french art".
Albert Vasquez (2 months ago)
My girlfriend has a pretty strong buttress structure.
George Alderson (2 months ago)
Very informative. Thank you. Just a shame that the wind spoiled the sound
Rebecca Baldwin (3 months ago)
sweet asmr when he whispers "huge load" in ur ear
Here in Australia we don’t have any castles (cut section of the video showing Shad sobbing loudly for ten minutes)
deplorable infidel (3 months ago)
difference about gothic is thinner walls to accommodate the windows you are clerestory - triforium. gothic architecture has pointed arched to distribute the load to the ground while if you try to see the romanesque architecture those are the structures that has massive walls plus less window. if you happen to see the interiors between gothic vs romanesque, gothic has a more natural lighting while romanesque are using artificial lighting. gothic has buttress while romanesque has massive walls.
Black American (4 months ago)
They're was time in my life when I couldn't swallow the fact of knowing Europeans were actually real..I was thinking Europe isn't a real place.....Europe has castles and people with different phenotypes walking around. That's a dream dude....
Music of Melkor (5 months ago)
the Gothic Cathedral style looks more like a big furniture set. I prefer more solid castles, real castles :)
Dalton Brown (5 months ago)
FINE! I'll subscribe. you happy?! truly a gorgeous church.
Darth Noòx (5 months ago)
Shad being at the location to explain things... It is absolutely beautiful
Mama (5 months ago)
Belle architecture merci
Dan Witzke (5 months ago)
Shad this video was incredible, thank you for sharing your knowledge and enthusiasm. Also, as a Catholic, I appreciate your respect and reverence while filming the interior. Religious structures of any kind command respect. Also, what an extraordinary building. Thank you again for sharing.
Reactionary Alchemist (6 months ago)
That is a beautiful building.
Reactionary Alchemist (6 months ago)
Reactionary Alchemist (6 months ago)
Take shot at 11:21 Just compare those two buildings. St. Patrick's with that... thing to the right.
Royston E. Smythe (6 months ago)
I hope Australia is able to keep it's Western European settler culture for a very long time to come.
SSchithFoo (6 months ago)
Couldnt u find a Koala to wrap around ur microphone?
Blits Riderfield (6 months ago)
This architecture drove the development of music at the time
AdonisGaming93 (7 months ago)
Is shadiversity from Australia???? this whole time I thought you were British. I'm curious because you said in Australia WE don't have castles.
Nexfero (7 months ago)
My church was built around the same time in Alabama (1860) but has more castle-like features, like crenelations. It also has a copper roof that is flatter and weighs less, so flying buttresses are not needed, but its got plenty of angled buttresses.
Bryan Dov Bergman (7 months ago)
MOdern art and architecture is pox on humanity!
Rainer Vilumaa (7 months ago)
I am very fascinated to see neogothic architecture in Australia, a subject I know prescious little about. The building in question seems to be an interesting amalgamation of many medieval styles and concepts. The overall layout with its trancept tower looks quite English/Norman, whereas the Western towers come off as French. The spires look rather Germanic. But there is one element I quite despise: different coloured stones used for windows and the rest of the building. To my European eyes that looks wrong.
Evil Paradigm (7 months ago)
Why is Gothic architecture awesome? Because SHAD is talking about it! Also because it's awesome.
Rad Bones (7 months ago)
Look! A Emperor class dreadnought has crashed on Holy Terra!
Hyde Matsumoto (4 months ago)
are you is that not imperator titan
Aaron Reichert (9 months ago)
Red Knight 2014 (9 months ago)
Nice building!
roadhouse699 (9 months ago)
Skip to 12:15 for architectural ASMR
roadhouse699 (10 months ago)
"Catholic churches have the most rad gothic architecture, and bitches love gothic architecture." -Maximilian Uriarte, Artist, Writer, and twice-deployed Iraq Veteren (USMC)
Charles Hernando (10 months ago)
I remember tackling about this in art history and it was boring as hell but it always gets lively when you talk about it! Shadiversity>University
Churck (10 months ago)
I always have been more of a rural guy and I prefered roman architecture for its piety but I have to admit how gothic is magnificient.
Didadida Hong (11 months ago)
11:47 The biggest tower is shaking fiercely. Is there a shock absorber or something in it?
SW PL (11 months ago)
Becouse it is
Ben Leyland (11 months ago)
Next time you're in England visit Lincoln. It has a castle AND a gothic cathedral within 1000 metres of each other. You'd enjoy it 😊
RR PLANB (11 months ago)
I find the symbolism more interesting myself.
Yaddahay smarmalite (11 months ago)
When buttresses buttress the buttressing buttress they abut up to the buttress's buttress.
Junjun (1 year ago)
Thanks Romans.
Chronos (7 months ago)
Roman architecture was very different from Gothic.
Tim Slee (1 year ago)
Modern architects and developers would plan to destroy all of these buildings if they could. They have no respect for beauty and wan't to force everyone to embrace their terrible ideas of a perfect uniform world devoid of creativity.
Ella Kingsleigh (1 year ago)
I learn a lot more from youtube than I ever did in a classroom, things are just way better explained on youtube... AND, it is way better to comprehend when you can actually see what is being taught to you. Thank you!
Stuart Morrow (1 year ago)
I mean, Steven Pinker wrote the praise for Peter Gray's book against compulsory schooling. Can't argue with that.
Stephen Baldassarre (1 year ago)
Man, I was THERE, all the way from USA, like a month before Shad's video!
AvailableNameForMe (1 year ago)
i probably know what you're gonna say about this topic already, but i'm still gonna watch this vid :D" because it's awesome
carlos bowe (1 year ago)
I wish I'd seen this sooner; I could've told you to visit the Cathedral of St John the Divine on 110th street--it's the largest Anglican cathedral in the world, built in the High Gothic style. The ceiling is 127 ft high and the nave(the bottom leg of the cross) is 230 ft long. The internal columns and buttresses are astonishing...
Spunky McGoo (1 year ago)
Ozzie La (1 year ago)
Background noise is really annoying
Manny Hatz (1 year ago)
Great explanation! I’ve always loved Gothic architecture.
Alan Fox (1 year ago)
The lantern next to the entrance is LED. 4:10
gantmj (1 year ago)
0:10 They should rename that Eye and Ear Hospital in the background to the Ear and Eyesore Hospital. What a terrible thing to build in that old neighborhood.
Michael James (1 year ago)
That church is absolutely stunning!
JonFromBuckland _ (1 year ago)
pokekitty1 (1 year ago)
do you ever get mistaken as a tour guide when you film in the field
Je suis grenouille (1 year ago)
Proud of my European heritage and ancestors.
Ubeogesh (1 year ago)
need more vids like this - outside and showing real things
Wowo Mah (1 year ago)
It really is cool to see how the load is distributed on those buttresses.
Rangermsg 04 (1 year ago)
I personally think gothic cathedrals look like big ugly grey buildings that have spikes.I love Renaissance and roman architecture much better.
Steve Hernandez (1 year ago)
beautoful i love it
Uryendel (1 year ago)
All cathedrall in french are named "notre dame", not only the Paris one you was refereed. Also cathedral doesn't refer to the architecture but to the presence of a cathedra, so a simple small church can be a cathedral. Last point, all catholic church are cross shaped, at least on the internal layout.
2712animefreak (1 year ago)
Not all of them, some modern churches aren't cross shaped. Also, not all of the cathedrals in France are Notre-Dame (Our Lady), but many of them are. A quick search gives me, for example "Cathédrale Saint-Étienne de Toulouse". On the other hand, yes, some cathedrals are very small.
Facundo Cristiani (1 year ago)
i loved the video, and learned a lot! Thanks Shad!
Suzie Ayers (1 year ago)
I love how he ends the video!
Suzie Ayers (1 year ago)
Archways, Archways Everywhere!
javeria ali (1 year ago)
anyone answer critical analysis of gothic art?
Ramon Ramonet (1 year ago)
CATHEDRALS GOTHIC VAULTS SHOW SUBLIMINAL FACE and who will have read me, never get inside and will continue seeing temple as before. WAS TEMPLAR MONKS INITIATIVE? https://youtu.be/OQG-uRhV3aQ The cloisters also has symbolism. https://youtu.be/mur6yQSoyD4 Las bóvedas de las catedrales revelan la cara de Cristo en esquema. Es “Luz del espiritu” según la Biblia. Al conocer mi investigación, no entrará en una catedral gótica viéndola como antes https://youtu.be/OQG-uRhV3aQ Los claustros también tiene simbolismo https://youtu.be/mur6yQSoyD4
Ess Ess (1 year ago)
I’m doing some architecture studies and this video was so helpful!! Thanks Shad !
pRahvi0 (1 year ago)
Me seeing the title: "Ah, I see you're a man of culture as well."
Matthew Burger (1 year ago)
40k got one thing right, we will return to gothic architecture
Algrim Kurse (1 year ago)
Thank you. This was really well done and helpful to understand the subject manner.
Reggie (1 year ago)
With the incrementalisation of features, you actually get a very basic fractal look withe Gothic architecture.
Jacob Roberts (1 year ago)
Karina Nalbandyan (1 year ago)
I absolutely love Gothic architecture, and neoclassical style architecture as well.
Springbok (1 year ago)
What is the Cathedral at 10:02 called and where is it? It looks much much taller yet smaller than all the others.
arokh72 (1 year ago)
Shad if you want to see some really gorgeous neo Gothic architecture, I was also suggest visiting the University of Sydney.
Insatiable Chaos (1 year ago)
My school used to be a cathedral. Every day feels like I’m walking into a Wizard Academy.
Hobgoblin (1 year ago)
One of the most interesting videos in all of YouTube lore...
Martin Hartley (1 year ago)
You should come up to Sydney and do a similar survey of St Mary’s. Contact me and I’ll tell you a bit about the perculiarities of the place.
Henrik Larsen (1 year ago)
I hate myself for laughing at the last remark about children, sooo much!!! Good video, subbed!
T.W. M. (1 year ago)
this is what makes us better and more life-worthy than any muslim who has ever lived. Eat it.
Paul Pasche (8 months ago)
T.W. M. You should check out the "dome of the rock" in Jerusalem. Don't be so quick to be snooty.
Bo (1 year ago)
Nacherel Jesus (1 year ago)
The design is not as practical as you imagine, the main function is Beauty. For example, the Windows are not to reduce weight, that may be a good side-effect, but first and foremost, the Windows are Aesthetic in design.
Chris Musix (1 year ago)
ravissary79 (1 year ago)
YAY FLYING buttresses!
XplaneZ (1 year ago)
it even has ARROWLOOPS!!!
Jutnik (1 year ago)
Why Gothic? You may ask. Because the Imperium of Man demands proper architecture.
Lapis Septo Flufftail (1 year ago)
a long segment whispering, then suddenly SO THERE YOU GO
Tanker Templar (1 year ago)
Very cool TY. Question though, how do you get into the towers? The vaulted ceiling only goes so high, so there is still a room up thier but i saw no stairs.
Celtic Templar (1 year ago)
Hey Shad would you look at this video on Medieval Churches, for it talks about how Gothic Cathedrals were created. And the Host even talks about Medieval Castles as well, so you might like that as well. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZpOd2pHiI0
Vlad Crișan (1 year ago)
I swear whenever I see those windows I know it’s a methodist church
Let's All Love Lain (1 year ago)
Did not see that ending coming👌
Espen Sales (1 year ago)
I have to agree this is a beautiful piece of art. Great video, and your passion is contagious!
Rex Paganus (1 year ago)
Ninjaananas (1 year ago)
Rex Paganus B E A T I F U L E U A F T I I T F A U E L U F I T A E B
artix548 (1 year ago)
Seeing this Cathedral makes me wish that architects would stop trying to make those Le Corbusier abominations.
Tim Slee (1 year ago)
Agreed. Frank Gehry is another architect who makes rubbish. He will literally take a piece of scrunched up paper and try to "draw it" in the form of a building. Absolutely meaningless trite!
Hikouma (1 year ago)
Thanks for this. I'm currently studying gothic archetecture and I've learned quite a bit from this video.
Oddvar Stallemo (1 year ago)
I have trouble imagining a church or cathedral that's less than 500 years old.
to stupid for a Name (1 year ago)
the momo audio fucks with my ear
tazfaninafocus (1 year ago)
PLEASE get rid of all the okays, you knows and alrights in most sentences. It really does detract from what are otherwise interesting talks. I literally cannot sit and watch a whole video because of it. I have to watch it in intervals, and quite often, I do not watch it all. It is a crying shame, but the assault on my ears is real. I am a bit OCD when it comes to language, but I am sure I am not the only one who would not miss those over used and unneeded words being used. Thank you.
Alvin Satney (1 year ago)
I hope the next time you do a video outdoors you can do something about that wind, though. some times it was really horrible. come one guess. support the patreon so he can buy a mike with a fuzzy cat thingy.
bullsquid42 (1 year ago)
I didn't expect to learn much, but I did :) Back in art history class we learned all about the identifying features of various types of architectural styles. But I never knew about the logic and physics that went into those things. I've seen most of the great gothic cathedrals of Europe, but I feel I would now see them with a whole new fascination. Thank you.
Christopher Meyers (1 year ago)
I love your vids man, keep up the good work
Utopiar Anaco (1 year ago)
Is that Arabic lettering above the entrance to the cathedral?
fenderstratguy (1 year ago)
Wow....2 minutes of information jam packed into only 20 minutes.
Tim Slee (1 year ago)
Real funny.
Mantas Capskis (1 year ago)
I don't like Gothic style buildings. They're too depressive-looking and only their insides look nice and not the outsides. Byzantine style is better and gorgeos, very colourful too. Most Orthodox cathederals and churches are like that.
EdgarTheRaven (1 year ago)
What I see in this video, is myself when I look at gothic architecture. It's also not an everyday sight to see a person with camera being so respectful to places like this and adopting the customary low voice. Especially on youtube. I really enjoyed this overview of gothic style.
DenseAlloy (1 year ago)
Gothic architecture was an amazing revolution and evolution in design. A few things to point out is that if one was to look at an air view, of say France during the Gothic period, each area had a cathedral to boast prosperity and condense worship. So smaller churches moved the population to the cathedral and since it was a huge financial undertaking it was a centralized building geographical in a community as well as financially boasting the patron's economic might. This economic boasting can be seen across France as the cathedrals became larger and more opulent as each one was built as an attempt to out shine the community "next door". Another fact you covered but should be point out is the openness and the immense amount of light never before seen inside. This much have a truly awe inspiring sight to people who had never seen such height and light in a building. Not only was the cross layout purposely designed. This large amount of light and the height put the congregation closer to God. The smaller windows inside the arches were needed since larger pieces of glass were hard to make and very expensive. Larger stained glass were reserved to the alcoves again due to cost and stained glass is made up of smaller components anyway. Thank you for the excellent video. Your passion is evident and enjoyable, Cheers.

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