Strasbourg: Cathedral


The beautiful Strasbourg Cathedral is the city’s most famous landmark. With a height of 142.11 metres, it stood as the world’s tallest building for over two centuries, from 1647 to 1874.  Cut from the red-brown sandstone of the Vosges mountains, the front facade is extremely ornate and yet imposing. It’s difficult to take it all in.

Entering through the door and into the church, I was surprised by the lightness of space inside. Home to treasures such as one of the early astronomical clocks, with its animatronics that make an appearance each midday, the hushed interior of the cathedral gave us a moment’s peace, away from the bustle of the street.

I love the  way the Gothic architecture of the cathedral is described in the quote below:

 …un prodige du gigantesque et du délicat…

-Victor Hugo-

A wonder of the huge and the delicate, a monstrous and fragile miracle. This is what the cathedral was to me: an immense structure of power and might, mingled with a delicate touch of spirituality.

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