ARCHITECT, Flemish
(active 1227-1247 in Wallonia)

Interior view

1227-47
Photo
Notre-Dame, Dinant (Namur)

From the beginning, Gothic church architecture of the Netherlands was modeled on the major cathedrals in the neighbouring regions of France. Thus as early as the 13th century the large churches built in the area of the Schelde and Maas were based on the typical French design - a large aisled church with transepts, choir and ambulatory, whose nave was three stories high (arcades, triforium, and clerestory).

A particularly beautiful example of Early Gothic architecture in the Netherlands is the collegiate church of Notre-Dame in Dinant on the Meuse, in what is now Belgium. Built between 1227 and 1247, the choir, when measured against contemporary buildings in the heartland of French Gothic, displays some old-fashioned characteristics such as group windows instead of tracery windows and vault ribs that rests on corbels. The triforium, however, with its slim arcades, is similar to those at Soissons, Chartres, and Reims. The slender columns of the arcades in the apse, allowing an unobstructed view of the large windows in the ambulatory (which has no chapels), are particularly refined.

View the ground plan of the Notre-Dame, Dinant.




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