Carolingian Architecture: Style, Characteristics & Examples


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1. Why did Carolingian monasteries have workshops and a chicken coop in addition to a church and a school?

2. This two-towered entrance to the Abbey Church of Corvey is an excellent example of a Carolingian _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo will help you assess what you know about the characteristics of Carolingian architecture. Some of the things you'll need to know to pass the quiz include the differences between Carolingian and early Christian architecture and the features of Carolingian monasteries.

Quiz and Worksheet Goals

These assessments will test you on the following:

  • The differences between early Christian and Carolingian architecture
  • Features commonly found in a Carolingian monastery
  • Ability to identify features of Carolingian architecture from photos
  • The term for the section of a Carolingian church that crosses the main body at a right angle

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on Carolingian architecture
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about imperial building projects in a different light
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as transept and piers
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Carolingian churches

Additional Learning

To learn more about this type of architecture, review the corresponding lesson on Carolingian architecture. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn about the history of imperial building projects
  • Discuss Carolingian monasteries
  • Explore characteristics of Carolingian architecture
  • Define key terms related to Carolingian architecture