Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Gothic Architecture

 Gothamites (3 syl.).Gouk or Gowk. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Gothic Architecture
has nothing to do with the Goths, but is a term of contempt bestowed by the architects of the Renaissance period on mediæval architecture, which they termed Gothic or clumsy, fit for barbarians.   1
        “St. Louis … built the Ste. Chapelle of Paris, … the most precious piece of Gothic in Northern Europe.”—Ruskin: Fors Clavigera, vol. i.
        Napoleon III. magnificently restored and laid open this exquisite church.

 Gothamites (3 syl.).Gouk or Gowk. 


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