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Gothic and neo-Gothic.
Baroque and Gothic.

Although I do also like the mission style as well as old stone churches in England and Ireland.
My taste is varied.

Gothic because of the cool splendor that aspires to heaven. And makes the chant sound better too.
http://www.andrewcusack.com/romwes16.jpg

Baroque for its Latin spirit, its love of God's creation and translation of that into Architecture. For being a real home to the Roman rite.
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Rococo. The Church found (finds?) it fussy and unsuited to ecclesiastical functions. But they are exquisite fantasies.
http://z.about.com/d/architecture/1/0/X/...Flickr.jpg

Here's a nice church in the US from the Byzantine Catholic tradition:
http://www.archeparchy.org/page/director...burgh2.jpg
Romanesque and Gothic

Two favorites:

The link below will take you to photos of the Romanesque Basilica of San Miniato al Monte, above Florence.  It's gorgeous inside, wish they had more pictures.

http://www.sacred-destinations.com/italy...-monte.htm

This next link will take you to photos of the first Gothic church in England, Wells Cathedral (Cathedral of St. Andrew) in Wells, Somerset.  There are 148 thumbnail views but you can get overviews of the West Front by clicking on the 3rd and 4th thumbnails in the top row.  The cathedral is noted for its scissor arches which you can see if you look down the first and second row on the left.

http://www.sacred-destinations.com/engla...-pictures/



Its hard to decide. Gothic architecture is so beautiful but it tends to be lacking in diversity. It tends to all look the same, and be kind bland when it comes to color.

Baroque is so colorful and rich but sometimes over done.

Roccoco is way too much fluff for me. It's almost 'girly.'

Romansque is boring and dull.

Byzantine is kinda cool, but as a Westerner I am more familiar and 'comfortable' with Western styles.
Is there any architecture you do like, didishroom Wink
Cheadle. 'Nuff said.

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didishroom Wrote:Its hard to decide. Gothic architecture is so beautiful but it tends to be lacking in diversity. It tends to all look the same, and be kind bland when it comes to color.

That's only because the paint has usually worn off. You wouldn't say the Sainte Chappelle is lacking in colour, though.
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