Louis VII and Philip Augustus consolidated royal authority here and began to exert control over powerful nobles in other regions.
Within 100 years some 2,700 churches were built here.
Gothic Art Period in France
An entrance area at the west end of a church with upper chamber and usually with a tower or towers. It is normally broader than the width of the nave and aisles. Westwork is sometimes used synonymously with narthex.
WestWork (Architecture Dictionary)
west-work. Westwerk in German, i.e. massive, wide, tower-like west front of an early Romanesque or Carolingian church containing an entrance-vestibule with a chapel and other rooms over it opening to the upper part of the nave. A good surviving example is the Abbey Church of Corvey-on-the-Weser, Germany (873–5), with its low entrance-hall with massive piers and circular columns carrying the vaults over which is a two-storey upper church surrounded by arcades and aisles.
a French term used to describe the east end of a church, usually a Romanesque or
Gothic church, with its apse, ambulatory, and radiating chapels; also known as a chancel.
a circular window composed of patterned tracery arranged in petal-like formation.
-rose-window. Gothic circular or marigoldwindow subdivided by complex tracery radiating from the centre and joining in foils to form a stylized floral design of great intricacy and beauty.
A slender pointed window. Tall narrow window crowned by pointed arch
-First PointedGothic tall, narrow window-aperture with a pointed arched head, either a single insert in a wall or one of several lights of similar shape in a window.