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Buttresses and flying buttresses

Photo: © Dombauarchiv Köln, A. Wolff

Buttresses and flying buttresses are a defining feature of Gothic cathedrals. This photo gives an aerial view of the flying buttresses along the southern side of the cathedral. Buttresses and flying buttresses are used to stabilise the cathedral structure. Flying buttresses bear the thrust of the vaults, which would otherwise press the walls of the clerestory outward, and deflect the force of the wind on the roof safely to the ground.

Kulturstiftung Kölner Dom Das Generationenprojekt 11.000 Sterne für den Kölner Dom ZENTRAL-DOMBAU-VEREIN ZU KÖLN VON 1842 DOMKLOSTER 4