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What was the purpose of the flying buttress?

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May 18, 2015 2:03PM

Flying buttresses support the outer walls in structures with very high walls and transfer the load (from roof/ceiling bearing on the upper portion of the wall) to the buttress, which acts as an arch transferring that load to the ground. Large cathedrals with high walls and arched windows of unreinforced stone employed them for strength.

In a spiritual sense, they the flying buttresses were supposed to elevate people's thoughts to God and the angels above them.