In medieval Europe, after Gothic Architecture emerged as a distinct style, it went through successive changes in development as the stone construction technology was subjected on a trial and error basis toward ever thinner and more delicate structures to achieve the soaring lightness the builders wanted to express. Finally, when the limits were reached, and no fundamentally new ideas were emerging, Gothic Architecture entered it decadent period [so called "Flamboyant", illustrated on the right] with ever more elaborate filigree and encrusted decoration as the idea was exhausted.