"I looked around me at the Gothic buildings"

Reims Cathedral, Western Facade
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  Gothic architecture originated in France in the 12th century, spreading throughout Europe and lasting into the 16th century. The style was revived in England in the 18th century, and spread throughout Europe (and, to a lesser extent, other areas of the Western world) where it lasted into the 20th century, latterly only used for churches and universities.

 

The style was most commonly used for churches, cathedrals and abbeys, and also for important buildings such as palaces, town halls, government and university buildings, and occasionally private homes. Features are towers and spires, arches, vaults, large windows and ornate decorations, particularly gargoyles, all designed to give an impression of might.