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The Art of Vaulting. Design and Construction of Large Vaults in the Mediterranean Gothic

The Art of Vaulting
Design and Construction of Large Vaults in the Mediterranean Gothic

International Symposium, Cottbus, 30.11.–1.12.2017

Some of the most impressive achievements in Gothic construction were erected in the Mediterranean area. Partially influenced by Roman architecture and mixed with the new concepts of the French Gothic style, they appeared as the
result of several centuries of technical progress, representing an important example of technology transfer in combination with contemporaneous transformations.
This is the context, against which outstanding buildings were built, featuring some of the highest and widest vaults raised in the Middle Ages.
Despite analysing these buildings from a stylistic point of view, we still know little about historical sources, structural behaviour and building techniques.
This Symposium will bring together international experts on this topic. Their varied backgrounds will provide different approaches to finding and answering unexplored questions. Presenting some examples, such as the cathedral of Mallorca, the complex processes of medieval construction and the transfer of technology will be discussed,
broadening our knowledge of how these impressive monuments were built as well as the construction techniques that were employed.

Presentations will be in English. Attendance is free of charge.
Pre-registration until 25th November 2017 at:


Friday 1st December 2017
Besucherzentrum auf dem Gutshof Branitz
Kleiner Veranstaltungssaal
Robinienweg 5, 03042 Cottbus
Vaulting with Clay Jars (10th–15th c.): Antique Traditions and
Further Uses
Jean Michel Poisson (Université Lyon)

Colloque international
Jeudi 30 Novembre 2017 - Dimanche 31 Décembre 2017
Cottbus, Allemagne
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