Explain what you think are the most important innovations – structural and stylistic – that earn the abbey church at Saint-Denis the reputation as the first Gothic church.

Discuss the subject matter of the bronze doors that Bishop Bernward commissioned for the abbey of the church of Hildesheim.  Why is it appropriate for the entrance to a church?

2.) Explain what you think are the most important innovations – structural and stylistic – that earn the abbey church at Saint-Denis the reputation as the first Gothic church.

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