(active 13th century in Cologne)

Interior view

begun 1248
Cathedral, Cologne

The design of Cologne Cathedral was based quite closely on that of Amiens Cathedral in terms of ground plan, style and the width to height proportion of the central nave. The plan is in the shape of a Latin Cross, as is usual with Gothic cathedrals. It has two aisles on either side, which help to support one of the very highest Gothic vaults in the world. The eastern end has a single ambulatory, the second aisle resolving into a chevet of seven radiating chapels.

Externally the outward thrust of the high vault is taken up by flying buttresses in the French manner.

View the ground plan of the Cathedral, Cologne.

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