ENVIRONMENTS: From 1352–1354, the Strasbourg Cathedral (better known as Notre-Dame)’s first astronomical clock, L’horloge de Trois Rois, was built. It had several details that were rare during that time, like a calendar and astrolabe, and every hour statues representing the three Kings stepped out of their chambers in front of the statue of Virgin Mary and baby Jesus, music accompanying them. It stopped working in the early 16th century, and has since been replaced twice (current one shown).
(Chapter 7) The Transept was seen in most western churches. It was a crossing between the apse and the nave, which is in the middle of the church. This formed the building in a unique cross shape that was important to the Christina faith. The transept is made up of two semitransepts. (The two transepts are tall compared to the rest of the building)
Close of of the complex bracketing system (dougong) often found in traditional Chinese Architecture. Similar to flying buttresses, in addition to being decorative, they have an important structural function in helping to support and extend the size of the heavy tile roofs and distributing the weight more evenly onto the vertical column, since walls (with their large door/windows and thin latticework) in traditional Chinese building, were usually non-load-bearing.