Cathédrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg The most spectacular cathedral in France.

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Strasbourg Cathedral is the symbol of Strasbourg and the main tourist attraction.

Considered one of the greatest architectural masterpieces of the Middle Ages, the cathedral is 112 metres wide and its tower is 142 metres high.

Its size, which cannot be contained in a single photograph, gives it an overwhelming presence.

Inside the cathedral, which is renowned for its exterior as well as its interior beauty, there is an astronomical clock, which is considered a masterpiece of the Renaissance.

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Cathédrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg

Location

Cathédrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg

Address:Place de la Cathédrale, 67000 Strasbourg, France

Opening hours: Monday-Sunday 07:00~11:20 12:40~19:00 

Closed: None

Time required

Approximately one to one and a half hours is all that is needed for a visit.

Inside the cathedral, each tapestry is so fascinating that you may spend a lot of time looking at them.

You can also climb up to the cathedral from outside.

There may be a queue here, so more time may be needed.

Adjust your stay according to your sightseeing plans.

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History

Several cathedrals had already been built before the construction of the cathedral that stands today began.

Construction of the present Strasbourg Cathedral began after the cathedral, built in 1015, was destroyed by fire.

The cathedral is called “Cathédrale de Wernher” after its founder, L’Evêque Wernher.

Subsequently, changes were made to the cathedral due to several fires.

After a major fire in 1176, the cathedral is rebuilt on the foundations of Wernher Cathedral.

Early architecture was Romanesque, but in 1225, architects and others involved in Gothic architecture in Chartres, Reims and elsewhere were added.

The cathedral was completed in 1439, although it suffered from a lack of funds and other problems along the way.

The cathedral has undergone numerous renovations since then.

For a detailed history of Strasbourg Cathedral, see below.

source:Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg

Exterior

Exterior view of Strasbourg Cathedral.

Strasbourg Cathedral, viewed from Place de la Cathédrale.

It was early in the morning, so there was a hazy haze.

Overall view of Strasbourg Cathedral.

The tower is 142 metres high and cannot be easily captured in a single photograph.

In the afternoon the weather cleared up and we were able to photograph the beautiful cathedral.

Overall view of Strasbourg Cathedral.

The view changes when the sun shines.

The front, which is mainly Gothic in style, has an overwhelming presence.

In the centre, above the rose window, the apostles are decorated.

Strasbourg Cathedral, photographed from Cathedral Square.

This photo was taken from the direction of Cathedral Square.

You will find that there is a considerable range.

Cathedral photographed from Place du Château.

This photo was taken from the direction of Place du Château.

The cathedral is also spectacular in profile.

Side of cathedral with two rose windows

The side of the cathedral with two rose windows was under construction, but there are two portals underneath.

It is said to represent the Day of Judgement.

There is a clock above the Virgin.

Facade on the three doors of Strasbourg Cathedral.

The façade with its three doors is very finely crafted.

The entrance is on the left as you face the front and the exit on the right.

Timpanum of the central door of Strasbourg Cathedral.

The rounded, triangular wall section is called the tympanum.

A must-see for Romanesque and Gothic architecture.

Timpanum of the central door of Strasbourg Cathedral.

The central door represents the Passion of Christ.

Door on the right of Strasbourg Cathedral.

The door on the right represents the Gospel of Matthew, the ten virgins.

Model of Strasbourg Cathedral.

An overall view of the cathedral is placed on Place du Château.

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Interior

Altar

Interior of Strasbourg Cathedral.

The interior of the cathedral blends well with the light coming through the stained glass windows and the illuminated lights.

Central altar.

Central altar.

There is a stained glass window representing the Virgin Mary.

The French flag is impressive.

L’orgue A.Silbermann

Pipe organ, built in 1713.

Pipe organ, built in 1713.

Very carefully crafted down to the smallest detail.

At the bottom is Samson riding a lion.

Rose window

Rose window of Strasbourg Cathedral.

Rose window by German architect Erwin von Steinbach (1244-1318).

Rose window of Strasbourg Cathedral.

It is considered a masterpiece of delicate and beautiful rose window design.

Scènes de la vie de la Vierge

The interior of the cathedral is decorated with 14 tapestries.

It depicts the life of the Virgin Mary.

Said to have been woven in Paris.

Tapestry of Strasbourg Cathedral.

L’Adoration des mages

They are arranged in the following order from the altar towards the front.

  1. Naissance de la Vierge 
  2. Présentation de Marie au Temple
  3. Mariage de Marie et de Joseph
  4. L’Annonciation
  5. La Visitation
  6. La Nativité
  7. L’Adoration des mages
La Nativité

La Nativité

La Purification de la Vierge

La Purification de la Vierge

  1. La Purification de la Vierge
  2. La Fuite en Égypte
  3. Jésus au milieu des docteurs de la Loi
  4. Les Noces de Cana
  5. La Dormition
  6. L’Assomption
  7. Le Couronnement de la Vierge
Jésus au milieu des docteurs de la Loi

Jésus au milieu des docteurs de la Loi

Others

Statue polychrome de Notre-Dame de Strasbourg

Statue polychrome de Notre-Dame de Strasbourg

Cathédrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg
Cathédrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg
Retable de saint Roch, saint Maurice et saint Nicolas

Retable de saint Roch, saint Maurice et saint Nicolas

Retable de saint Pancrace, saint Nicolas et sainte Catherine (1522)

Retable de saint Pancrace, saint Nicolas et sainte Catherine (1522)

Altar of St Pancras, St Nikola and St Catherine.

Les piliers entre la chapelle et la nef

Les piliers entre la chapelle et la nef

Cathédrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg
Cathédrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg
Cathédrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg

L’horloge astronomique

Astronomical clock of Strasbourg Cathedral

The most recommended part of Strasbourg Cathedral is the Astronomical Clock.

It is actually the third clock in Strasbourg Cathedral, dating from 1838-1843.

The first clocks were made between 1352-54.

The second clock ran until around 1788.

Astronomical clock of Strasbourg Cathedral

They are said to be quite accurate, with a perpetual calendar and indications of the position of the sun and moon.

It appears to be a complex calculator rather than a clock.

Astronomical clock of Strasbourg Cathedral

The device appears to be calculating the equations of the sun and moon.

Astronomical clock of Strasbourg Cathedral
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Stained glass

Charles Martel; Charlemagne; Pépin le Bref; Louis le Pieux

Charles Martel; Charlemagne; Pépin le Bref; Louis le Pieux

 Lothaire 1er - Louis II -   - Charles le Gros

 Lothaire 1er – Louis II –   – Charles le Gros

Empereurs St-Empire: Othon Ier, Othon II, Othon III, Conrad II, Henri III

Empereurs St-Empire: Othon Ier, Othon II, Othon III, Conrad II, Henri III

Philippe de Souabe; Empereurs St-Empire: Henri IV, Henri V, Frederic II

Philippe de Souabe; Empereurs St-Empire: Henri IV, Henri V, Frederic II

Le Jugement dernier

Le Jugement dernier

Le Jugement dernier

Le Jugement dernier

La Genèse

La Genèse

Chapelle St-Laurent

Chapelle St-Laurent

Chapelle St-Laurent

Chapelle St-Laurent

Cathédrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg

Chapelle St-Laurent

Rose du transept nord

Rose du transept nord

Chapelle Sainte Catherine

Chapelle Sainte Catherine

Chapelle Sainte Catherine

Chapelle Sainte Catherine

Vie de la Vierge

Vie de la Vierge

La Vie Publique du Christ

La Vie Publique du Christ

La Vie Publique du Christ

La Vie Publique du Christ

la Passion du Christ

la Passion du Christ

la Résurrection

la Résurrection 

All are stunning stained glass windows.

The main subject is what is written in the Bible.

Interested parties are encouraged to find out more.

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Summary

There is a lot to see, but inside it will mainly be the altar, pastries, astronomical clock and stained glass.

As for the exterior, you will never get tired of looking at it from every angle.

Please allow plenty of time for sightseeing.

Thank you again for reading to the end of this issue.

We hope that we have been able to show you some of the attractions of Strasbourg Cathedral.

A day trip from Paris to Strasbourg is detailed here.

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