Church architecture reflects the belief of the people, their ecclesiology, what they believe about the Church (or at least what their pastors believe).
Compare churches built by our forebears and the structures built these days, hardly to be distinguished from municipal airport terminals.
I saw this super cool info at ChurchPop.
When the exterior of the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Amiens in France was cleaned, it was found that it was decorated in bright colors.
Wow! Medieval Cathedrals Used to Be Full of Brilliant Colors
For being the “dark ages,” medieval Europeans were sure able to produce some of the world’s most beautiful and intricate buildings ever made.
It turns out they were even more beautiful than we knew.
First, here’s a picture of how the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Amiens in France looks today:
Back in the 1990s, there was a cleaning program underway on the exterior. Midway through the project, scientists discovered something pretty intriguing on the western facade: traces of paint. Further tests were done, and they were able to determine how the western facade was painted back in the 13th century! Then they figured out a way to project the light of the colors very precisely onto the building.
The result? A breath-taking view of how the cathedral looked when it was first finished.