Cathedral of Notre-Dame at Laon
Date ca. 1160-1210
Movement Early Gothic
Located at Laon, France
A nave arcade, gallery, triforium and clerestory have all been included, allowing for a great influx of light, something never accomplished in Romanesque cathedrals. A single opening of the nave arcade leads to two in the gallery, then three in the triforium, then back to one in the clerestory, creating a sense of unity and completeness. Pointed rib vaults have been incorporated from Durham, as with the sexpartite nave bays at Saint-Étienne. Alternating bundles of colonnettes of three and five greet the nave columns below and correspond to their ribs above.