Gothic style window. Predating both the Baroque and Romantic styles is GOTHIC architecture. This is a style that depicts architecture from the mid to late Middle Ages. The Gothic style is the form of design of many of the greatest churches and cathedrals in Europe. Many castles, universities and palaces are also in Gothic style. The term is normally used to refer to buildings which have pointed arches, ribbed roofs, large windows and ornate facades.
LATER FRENCH GOTHIC: St. Maclou, Rouen, France, C. 1500-1514. While the Renaissance was already in full swing in Italy, the French were pushing the extremes with elaborate ornamentation as seen in the exquisite traceries of St. Maclou. Considered one of the best examples of the "Flamboyant style" of Gothic architecture in France.