MIND ON DESIGN: Gothic Architecture and Decor

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Dark, mysterious, yet undeniably beautiful, European Gothic cathedrals, homes and structures are some of the most intricately designed buildings on Earth. From the UK and France, to right here in the United States, elements of Gothic design–including the pointed arches, vaulted ceilings and emphasis on vertical space, continue to inspire design fans and enthusiasts to this day. We’ve gathered five of the most striking, hauntingly beautiful Gothic buildings both in Europe and here in the US.


Notre Dame de Paris is without a doubt one of the most recognized and beloved Gothic structures ever built. Photos courtesy of Art and Europe Lands


Built in the 12th century, the Wells Cathedral is an example of Early English Gothic style. Photos courtesy of  Wells Cathedral.


Exceptional detailing at St. Mary’s Cathedral entrance in Edinburgh. Photo courtesy of Jon Stokes


 A striking gated manor in London. Photo courtesy of Tom Cooke.


 You don’t have to leave the United States to see Gothic architecture: NYC’s Grace Church is just one of the stateside buildings constructed during the 19th century Gothic Revival. Photos courtesy of Fine Art America

 What do you think of Gothic design and architecture? 

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