Masonry structure typically consisting of an inclined bar carried on a half arch that extends (“flies”) from the upper part of a wall to a pier some distance away and carries the thrust of a roof or vault. A pinnacle (vertical ornament of pyramidal or conical shape) often crowns the pier, adding weight and enhancing stability. The flying buttress evolved in the Gothic era from earlier simpler, hidden supports. The design increased the supporting power of the buttress and allowed for the creation of the high-ceilinged churches typical of Gothic architecture.
Event: flying buttress
Keywords: flying buttress
In Gothic architecture, a stone buttress in the form of an arched prop, supported at one end by the main wall of a building and at the other end by a
Full text Article Old St. Paul's from the south-west, from 'London Pictures: Drawn with Pen and Pencil', by Rev. Richard Lovett, published 1890 (litho)
Artist: English School, (19th century) Location: Private Collection Credit: Old St. Paul's from the south-west, from 'London Pictures: Drawn with Pe