Flamboyant (from French flamboyant, "flaming") is the name given to a florid style of late Gothic architecture in vogue in France, Spain and Portugal during the 15th century; the equivalent period in English architecture is called Perpendicular, and in Germany the Sondergotik. It evolved from the Rayonnant style and was marked by even greater attention to decoration. The name derives from the flame-like windings of its tracery and the dramatic lengthening of pediments and the tops of arches. A key feature is the ogee arch, originating in Beverley Minster, England around 1320, although the form was never widely used in England. The Manueline in Portugal, and the Isabelline in Spain were even more extravagant continuations of the style in the late 15th and early 16th centuries.
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