Hanging vault, a feature of late gothic in the Rhineland. Willibrordi Dom.

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Paula K on November 10, 2008

Spectacular ceiling, very beautiful.


trikermike on December 10, 2008

This is a Ceiling???

I thought it was a sculpture, or an ALIEN Whatever, it is a great and unusual picture

I can see that it is in a Church, but can you tell me anything about it Claus/ I have never known such a feature before, did / does it have a function, or is it purely artistic?

However, if, like many of us, you are getting all worked up over Christmas and the preparations are overpowering-don't rush with the reply!!

Just you stay well, fit and happy


c.s. on December 12, 2008

Hello Mike and Paula, you can see the ribs that form the vault, and under the vault other ribs just hanging in the air. So that makes a kind of 3D ceiling. First time I saw this, but there are several churches in the Lower Rhine region featuring this "Gewölbe" in a chapel or aisle. It is not bearing the weight of the roof, but only meant as adornment, you can regard it as the signature of the masons and stone-cutters who have built this church in the fifteenth century.

Still thirteen days to go to Christmas, no stress yet.


trikermike on January 1, 2009

aaal the best for 2009 marra!

Serena652 on September 25, 2015

Really nice picture! Can you tell me other examples of this type of ceiling?

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