Catholic Dictionary

Term

NORMAN ARCHITECTURE

Definition

A variant of Romanesque building introduced into England by William the conqueror (1066). The Normans retained the French style, borrowing from early Gothic. The semicircular arches are heavy and plain, the pillars are law and broad, the whole appearance massive. Canterbury Cathedral, with the churches at Lincoln, Durham, Winchester, Gloucester, and St. Paul's in London, Abbaye aux Dames at Caen, and Dunfermline Abbey are famous examples of the Norman style.