The Medieval Cathedral in its Cultural Setting 1. How was the medieval cathedral related to its: a.) political b.) economic c.) social, and d.) religious setting? The cathedrals built during the medieval era were related to many aspects of medieval life due to the fact that the construction of a single cathedral was such a large production, let alone the construction of dozens upon dozens in Europe’s towns and cities.
(Carr). Very elaborate architecture was used in the making of cathedrals, and much time and effort was put into the construction of them. In medieval times, the extravagent architecture of cathedrals was meant to show the wealth, power, and influence of the church. A great deal of time and money was spent on cathedrals in the Middle Ages. In fact, almost no expense was spared.
Both historical art period utilized lighting and color in a new dramatic way in their art which greatly enhanced and give a different prospective of the painting. The purpose for continuing the tradition of the earlier historical art period was the political aspect of the Roman Catholic Church wanting to appeal to the masses and to display its dominance of power, beauty and creativity throughout Europe and the Roman Empire. This was done during both historical art period with the investment in building great cathedrals with appealing art forms that shows both the caring and dominance in the Western
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels or also known as the Los Angeles Cathedral is the mother church of all Roman Catholics in Los Angeles area. It was constructed back in May 1999 and finished at September 2002. The cathedral was designed by the Pritzker Prize-winning Spanish architect Jose Rafael Moneo. Moneo designed a contemporary and dynamic cathedral and used elements of postmodern architecture, it features a series of acute and obtuse angles and surprisingly no right angles. The cathedral is very modernized compared to traditional Middle Ages designs in Europe.
The church was the religious and social center of a Puritan town, occupying a central position. The close-knit towns allowed for the church to monitor the behavior of the people in the town more closely. The strong belief in religion in these towns caused the Puritans to consider themselves as anointed by predetermination: As put by William Bradford, a governor, after a battle against some Native Americans, "...and they gave the praise thereof to God...who had wrought so wonderfully a [victory]" (Doc D). The faith in religion & church is also shown by the clearly labelled "Minister;s House" on the map, right next to the church. The Puritan adoration for religion likewise drove them to educate their children in similar fashion.
They created religious communities devoted to serving God through prayer and good works called monasteries, which were usually inhibited by monks. Monasteries became Europe’s best-educated communities; they opened schools, maintained libraries, and copied books, but still had an emphasis on theology. Since scholars were skeptical and didn’t agree with the fact of a God, but as an attempt to resolve the contradictions scholasticism emerged. Scholasticism was scholars attempting to combine theology with Greco-Roman philosophy, and it was all an attempt to find a common ground with their views. Another example of holy order is the gothic cathedrals that thrust towards the heavens letting an immense amount of light in through stained glass windows to inspire.
Between 1100 to 1600 C.E. cities played the role of maintaining social and cultural structure with a greater power in charged that provided a booming success with the economy. During 1100 to 1600 C.E. it was very common for the western and eastern hemispheres of the world to have someone in charge of a city to take care of the civilians. Sometimes these cities were even under monarchy that helped the economy greatly with vendors selling rare gems and gold outside of their castle gates.
The Roman Empire was strongly built and stuck together for quite some time. When Feudalism began many new traditions were started. At that time period Christianity became the dominate religion among almost the whole population. Many aspects of the people’s lives revolved around church. A disease was considered to be a ‘sin of the soul.’ Music and art also became an important entertainment value to the people.
At the time that the building was constructed it was the tallest structure in the surrounding area and served as a beacon for all those who wished to visit. Today, Trinity stands surrounded on all sides by commercial and business buildings, including the Boston Public Library, and the John Hancock tower that sits to its west side and is more than double the size of the church. Even though the parish is no longer the tallest building in the Back Bay area, it is by far one of the most historic and most visited sites drawing in one hundred thousand people each year, who wish to gaze upon its beauty. Trinity Church has been rated as the most beautiful church in the United
People traveled widely to visit sites and see relics believing them to have curative powers. Gothic style architecture included big churches called cathedrals. Cathedrals had tall towers. They were made that way so when people look up at them they could think of God. The towers and particularly their top called steeple represent the infinity and the connection with God.