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This edition: A White Garment of Churches-Romanesque and Gothic

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Part 1. Romanesque
Part 2. The Age of Gothic
The exquisitely preserved church of Paray-le-Monial reveals how monasticism and pilgrimage affected the architectural development of Romanesque churches. In Gislebertus' poignant sculpture at St. Lazare in Autun, filmed at close range, the medieval focus on heaven and the afterlife is eloquently visualized. Gothic architecture is explored at St. Denis and Chartres, where the architectural features, sculpture, and magnificent stained glass windows are related to contemporary theology and the profound social changes of the twelfth and early thirteenth centuries.

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