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Cathedrals Throughout the centuries beautiful Medieval cathedrals have been towering above every building and till this day still survive with their astonishing appearance Their structure resemble the power and glory of heavens Today they are known as prayers in stone because they are respected as holy places Taking literally hundreds of years to build these great Gothic buildings the skillful carpenters and masons responsible for the construction are respected for constructing these powerful buildings that tell us about the past Macdonald 1 The construction of the cathedrals were more than hundreds of years Macdonald 14 The overall shape of appearance was planned out before any construction was started The contractors were usually peasants of the low class Cathedrals were built on old church sites throughout Europe and the world to spread the religion of Christianity There were many architectural styles for the churches Carpenters used long lasting materials such as stone and strong wood Some of the best stone came from France Cranes and pulleys powered by men and animals were used to haul these stones especially in the dangerous job of quarrying The appearance of the cathedrals were magnificent As one of the largest buildings of its time period they represented the heavens in which people believed was peaceful and serene Walls and pillars were massive structures enclosing hundreds of yards Stone arches and gargoyles were put in various places for decoration The elevating towers on top of the cathedrals were called fingers pointing to heaven Inside these enormous fingers immense bells and clocks were placed Stained-glass windows on the sides describe the lord Jesus and his life The ever going ceilings and their paintings represent heaven Statues symbolized sacred priests of the church Macdonald Intro The purpose of these cathedrals were to praise and thank God People offer prayers and offerings to God at the great cathedrals thinking it would bring a prosperous and healthy life In the Middle Ages these prayers in
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