History of Medieval Church Building During the Dark Ages

The principal reason why churches were built is because a town's inhabitants felt pride when they had a mighty church to praise God within. The first problem arose when money was needed to actually build it. However, raising money was easy for the townspeople were happy to donate and that combined with the very generous donations from the rich nobles and the king, made the economical problem perish.

A style had to be chosen. After the XII century, most French churches followed the Gothic Style, though many other styles existed.

Architects had to be especially careful when making a church for it had to be very illuminated and decorated. Some churches were fully painted and adorned with religious objects which the church paid for. Additionally, many religious statues were also set within the church for it to look more divine.

Most churches took more than ten years to complete though a church was never really finished for the vast majority of churches were continuously improved and new rooms were added as well.


The cathedrals built during or shortly after the reign of  William the Conqueror were the largest buildings seen in Great Britain up to that time. The pillars, for example, were widely improved after his reign as they were meant to support the church's wall.

The reason why a town paid so much attention in building an enormous and well-adorned church was because the better the church looked, the 'happier' God would be, as they so believed. For this reason, a town could be literally starving and close to become a ghost-town, but there had to be a church and the bigger the better.

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