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The architectural style of the medieval cathedral (12th century to the Renaissance) is characterized mainly by its ribbed, ogival vaults.
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Chapel located beyond the walls at the back of the cathedral, in the axis of the nave.
Area just beyond the transept where the clergy stand during the liturgy.
Small lateral chapel arranged in a semicircle behind the choir surrounding the apse.
Column designed to support a masonry structure.
Passageway created by resting an arch on two posts.
Area located at the crossing of the transept and the nave of the cathedral.
Masonry structure that supports a load-bearing wall.
Chapel adjacent to the nave.
Masonry structure on which a flying buttress rests to transfer the weight of the vault.
Pyramidal or conical crown on an abutment.
Masonry structure in the shape of a partial arch; it supports a wall by transferring the pressure of the vaults onto an abutment.
Elevated construction harboring the bell tower.
Small steeplelike ornament in the shape of a pyramid; it is found on the corners of the transept or on each side of the façade.
Tapering part in the shape of a pyramid that surmounts the tower located at the transept crossing.
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