Romanesque architecture and decoration remained dominant within buildings in much of central/southern Europe over a period of two hundred years, but with regional differences in the designs and patterns. If you compare the architecture of the cathedrals of Pisa and Durham, you will see that while the basic concept is the same, the details are different.
Romanesque = like Roman. It is not the scholars taking over the elements from Rome, but the builders, who used Roman models as their inspirations.
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