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New: Article on the Medieval minsters of Beverley, Rippon and York, submitted by Stuart Sharp.

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We've added lots more images. Check out the new photos on our Roman history site, such as Hadrian's Wall. Great new photos of Stonehenge and Avebury are on megalithic sites


Our castles pictures and notes have been updated with Farleigh Hungerford Castle. A full list of the historical galleries we have on line is also available now.

In both Islamic and Christian medieval cities, large religious buildings became the main focus of public life. The manufacture and use of scientific instruments was crucial to the siting of mosques, allowing their orientation towards Mecca (Chant & Goodman, 1999:p134). In medieval Europe, mathematical and engineering developments allowed the construction of Cathedrals on an unprecedented scale, involving forms based on the Roman Basilica but adapted to hold larger numbers. The European medieval Cathedral put new building design technologies to work. For example, the flying buttress allowed stresses to be transferred away from the walls of a building. Together with technologies such as the pointed arch, this allowed the construction of very tall cathedrals that dominated the visible space of medieval towns.



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