Romanesque - definition of architectural style

What is Romanesque?

Estimated period of occurence (1100 - 1400)

Romanesque architecture is an architectural style of Medieval Europe, characterized by semi-circular arches and pointed arches, beginning in the 12th century. Romanesque architecture is known by its massive quality, its thick walls, round arches, sturdy piers, groin vaults, large towers and decorative arcading. Each building has clearly defined forms and they are frequently of very regular, symmetrical plan so that the overall appearance is one of simplicity when compared with the Gothic buildings that were to follow. The style can be identified right across Europe, despite regional characteristics and different materials.

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