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Gothic Architecture : Buildings

Major Historic Architectural Projects from around the world: Built Environment

post updated 3 November 2021

Gothic Buildings

We’ve selected what we feel are the key examples of Gothic buildings. We aim to include buildings that are either of top quality or interesting, or ideally both.

St Pancras Station Gothic Architecture
photograph © Adrian Welch

We cover Gothic buildings, restorations and architectural exhibitions across the world, but mostly in England.

Famous Gothic Buildings

St Pancras Station London, south east England, UK
Date built: 1868
Architect/Engineer: William Henry Barlow
St Pancras Hotel Gothic Architecture
photo © Morley von Sternberg
St Pancras Station Building
St Pancras Chambers was refurbished by RHWL with Richard Griffiths Architects (conservation architects) for Marriott Hotels, Manhattan Loft company and Whitbread Hotel Company. The development includes shops, cafes and bars within new two-level concourse areas of this 1868 Grade 1 listed building. The Paris and Brussels Eurostar services together with the new fast commuter services from Kent us the building. The shops occupy the undercroft, formerly a Victorian beer store, opening up the floor level above to bring in natural light and increase visibility.

Manchester Town Hall, north west England, UK
Date built: 1877
Architect: Alfred Waterhouse
Manchester Town Hall Gothic Architecture
photograph © Adrian Welch
Manchester Town Hall Building
Large Victorian building in the centre of this major English industrial city. The Town Hall Complex Transformation programme will see the Town Hall extension and Central Library extensively refurbished by 2014 to deliver state-of-the-art services and to preserve both Grade II*-listed gems for future generations. It will also involve an international design competition to ensure St Peter’s Square provides a world-class setting for both historic buildings.

Latest Gothic Building Addition

St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street, London, England, UK
Date built: 1672; spire 1701-03
Design: Sir Christopher Wren
St Bride's Church London - Gothic Architecture
photograph from Save St Bride’s: Appeal
St Bride’s Church Building
The Grade I listed church, sometimes called the ‘Cathedral of Fleet Street’ is the tallest of Sir Christopher Wren’s City churches and has stood for more than 300 years. Over time the spire has deteriorated with damage to stonework now causing serious concern. Without vital work the building – which is open to visitors from all over the world seven days a week – could be forced to close.
In addition to damaged stonework, grime has built up over the last 40 years since the church was cleaned, with carbon deposits an inch deep in some places. Once the spire has been renovated, the aim is to restore it to its former glory and undertake much needed work to the interior, which has remained untouched for more than 30 years.

Sheffield Town Hall, South Yorkshire, northern England, UK
Sheffield Town Hall Building - Gothic Architecture
photograph © Adrian Welch
Sheffield Town Hall Building

Gothic Architecture from around the World

Barcelona Cathedral, Catalonia, north east Spain

Barcelona Cathedral
photo © Adrian Welch
Barcelona Cathedral

Berliner Dom, Berlin, Germany

Berliner Dom
picture © AW
Berliner Dom

Christ Church, Spitalfields, London, UK
Design: Nicholas Hawksmoor
Christ Church Spitalfields - Gothic Architecture
image © Isabelle Lomholt
Christ Church

Emmanuel College Chapel, UK
Design: Christopher Wren Architect
Emmanuel College Chapel
photo © Adrian Welch
Emmanuel College Chapel, Cambridge

Grundtvig Kirke, Copenhagen, Denmark
Design: Jensen-Klint Architect
Grundtvig Church
photograph © IL
Grundtvig Church

Hallgrimschurch, Reykjavik, Iceland
Design: Gudjon Samuelsson architect
picture © David Welch

Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, Merseyside, northwest England, UK
Design: Giles Gilbert Scott, Architect
Liverpool Anglican Cathedral - Gothic Architecture
image © AW
Liverpool Cathedral Building

Manchester Cathedral, northwest England, UK

Manchester Cathedral
photograph © Isabelle Lomholt
Manchester Church Buildings

Rotes Rathaus, Berlin, Germany
Rotes Rathaus
photo © IL
Rotes Rathaus – Town Hall, Building

St Mary Woolnoth, City of London, UK
Nicholas Hawksmoor
St Mary Woolnoth
photo © AW
St Mary Woolnoth Building

St Paul’s Cathedral, City of London, UK
Sir Christopher Wren
St Paul's Cathedral
picture © AJW
St Paul’s Cathedral Building

St Vincent Street Church, Scotland
Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson
St Vincent Street Church
image © AW
St Vincent Street Church, Glasgow

Sacre Coeur, Paris, France
Architect: Paul Abadie
La Basilique du Sacré Coeur Montmartre
photographs © AJW
Sacre Coeur Paris

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain
Antoni Gaudi, Architect
Sagrada Familia
picture © Adrian Welch
Sagrada Familia Barcelona

More Gothic Architecture projects online soon

The Cathedral Church of Saint Philip, Birmingham, England
Cathedral Church of Saint Philip - Gothic Architecture
picture © webbaviation

Church Architecture : key examples of Religious Architecture

St Martin-in-the-Fields church, London, England
James Gibbs Architect

St Martin-in-the-Fields church – New glass pavilion
Design: Eric Parry Architects
St Martin-in-the-Fields Church
photo © Timothy Soar
St Martin-in-the-Fields church
St Martin-in-the-Fields is the setting for one of London’s most significant recent building projects: the £36 million regeneration of the church and its associated buildings. The renewal project at St Martin’s encompasses much more than the famous church in Trafalgar Square, London.

Links to Neo-Gothic and Gothic buildings, mostly from Scotland, UK:

Religious Architectural Designs

Kalundborg Kirke, Denmark

Scottish Church Architecture – selection below from the capital city area:

Rosslyn Chapel

St Mary’s Cathedral Edinburgh

St George’s Church Edinburgh

Buildings / photos for the Gothic Churches Architecture page welcome