So I’ve been thinking about Cathedrals and more in particular the architecture of Gothic Cathedrals. But I’m more interested in the why and perhaps the mechanics behind the how.
My question is why weren’t Cathedrals designed with 3 tiers?
Let me explain a bit further.
My ideal Cathedral as it appears in my brain is a cathedral with 3 platforms. So you go through the doors into the front of the cathedral and there is a long vestibule to a series of steps leading up to the 2nd tier which would have areas for choristers, etc which would be just as long as the first vestibule, then you would find at the end of this vestibule instead of the altar you would another wide set of stairs leading up to the 3rd and final tier which would have the high altar.
So let’s simplify my question.
Why weren’t cathedrals constructed with tiers leading up to higher up tiers?
Cathedral architecture was designed for both practical and theological purposes, theologically the idea was to have the lines of the cathedral point upwards (stained glass windows worked towards this also) in the idea of pointing the mind and thus the congregant towards heaven.
Wouldn’t my idea of tiered cathedrals accomplish this as well?