Lady Chapel in Westminster Abbey

Lady Chapel in Westminster Abbey
Lady Chapel in Westminster Abbey

The Lady Chapel inside Westminster Abbey in London is one of the most fantastic works of the so-called Perpendicular Style, which it developed in England within its particular stream of gothic art. A work that we must date back to the 16th century, since it was built between 1503 and 1519.


Lady Chapel

This Perpendicular Style is the last phase of Gothic architecture in England, although it had been started at an earlier date. Virtually during the reign of Edward III in the first decades of the 14th century when buildings like Gloucester Cathedral were erected.

It is a style that we can describe as elegant and refined. A type of construction that wants to be the image of those who promote it, be it the high religious hierarchies or the monarchy itself.

And regarding its denomination of Perpendicular Style, it does not have so much to do with the vertical spirit of the buildings, something that does characterize Gothic constructions in France or Germany, like the Cathedral of Amiens or Ulm. Here, on the other hand, the denomination of perpendicular has more to do with the structuring that guides its walls both inside and outside.

They are walls that are organized by floors from fine tracery with a very vertical spirit and always forming verystylized. There are narrow pointed arches for the stained glass windows delimited by very fine columns. Although other elements such as rosettes or clusters also appear.

That's about the walls, almost completely pierced, but the greatest field of experimentation is the vaults that become a continuation of the splendor of those traceries. Just take a look at Lady Chapel to see for yourself.

Fantasy fills every inch of this deck. It looks like a tangle of ribs that start from the pillars and columns to compose star shapes, palm trees, hanging elements or fan-shaped compositions. It is of an overflowing imagination and also of an evident virtuosity on the part of its creators. Geometry guides everything, but from then on originality floods everything.

It is a cheerful and stimulating style, also artificial, and somehow it was perfectly suited to the interests of the greatest builders of the time, whether in religious or civil buildings, for that reason inGreat Britain, and especially England, examples of these medieval buildings abound. But without a doubt, little reaches the elegance and splendor of this late sample that is the Lady Chapel in London's Westminster Abbey.

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