Notre-Dame Cathedral, Strasbourg

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    The Cathedral

    by Nemorino Updated May 17, 2014

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    The monumental Strasbourg Cathedral is a huge tourist draw in this area. It is well worth seeing, but be advised that you won't be alone.

    The cathedral is open to the public every day from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 12:40 to 7 p.m. Admission is free.

    For a small fee you can also climb up the stairs in the cathedral tower, but this may well involve some waiting in line ("queuing" to you) before you can get in.

    Second photo: The cathedral with some of the nearby houses.

    Location and photo of Cathédrale Notre-Dame on monumentum.fr

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    The Altar - Notre Dame Cathedral

    by Mikebb Updated Apr 28, 2014

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    By the time we had worked our way to the altar I was expecting something a little more elaborate. After seeing the beautiful Cathedral decoration, the magnificent stained glass, astronomical clock etc I was expecting the altar to be a highlight.

    The stained glass behind the altar was the highlight.

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    Stained Glass - Notre Dame Cathedral

    by Mikebb Updated Apr 28, 2014

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    Beautiful stained glass is everywhere within the Cathedral. Easy to photograph, just make sure your camera is not pointing into strong light.

    The colour is bright, and there are many stained glass windows available.

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    Notre Dame Cathedral - Side Entrance

    by Mikebb Updated Apr 22, 2014

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    We walked down the side of the Cathedral and found this magnificent side entry. The entry looked as though it was not open to the public (as you pay at main entrance for Cathedral entry).

    There were very few tourists (if any) at this section and we had it to ourselves. The detail in the stone was magnificent and so easy to photo.

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    Astronomical Clock - Displays

    by Mikebb Updated Apr 21, 2014

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    Astronomical clocks always grab my attention and I guess the reason being I think it took me 50 years to see my first one in Prague.

    Since then I try to see as many as possible and this clock in Strasbourg Cathedral is magnificent.

    Recommend you stay in the vicinity for 15 minutes so you can see and hear it perform.

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    Notre Dame Cathedral - Strasbourg

    by Mikebb Updated Apr 21, 2014

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    We found the Cathedral to be extremely busy the first time we visited ( around the middle of the day) entry was closed off. We took time to admire and photo the outside of the Cathedral and decided to return the following day.

    Our next visit was much earlier in the day and we gained immediate entry. The inside of the Cathedral is spectacular, a magnificent Gothic building.

    We stayed for the best part of an hour, so much to see and photo we could have stayed much longer. I particularly enjoyed the Organ, Stained Glass windows, Astronomical Clock, The Altar and the general size and decoration of this Gothic cathedral.

    Visits every day:
    (except 01/01, 01/05 and 25/12)
    from April to September, every day from 9am to 7.30pm
    from October to March, every day from 10am to 5.30pm
    from June to August, until 10pm every Friday and Saturday

    Entry Fee:
    For individuals : 4,40 Euro for adults
    2,20 Euro for children (5-18) and students
    For groups (+ 20 people) : 3,30 Euro per person
    Free entry on the first Sunday of each month.

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    Cathédrale Notre-Dame

    by black_mimi99 Written Dec 12, 2013

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    Strasbourg Cathedral de Notre-Dame is known as one of the most beautiful gothic cathedrals in Europe. The Cathedral stands on the exact site of a roman temple built on a little hill above the muddy ground. The first version of the church was starting to be built during 1015 by proposal of Bishop Werner von Habsburg, but fire destroyed most of the original Romanesque building. By the time that cathedral was being renovated (at the end of the 12th century, this time with red stones carried from the nearby mountains of Vosges), the gothic architectural style has reached Alsace and the future cathedral was starting to develop all characteristics of gothic aesthetics. The project of the first cathedral in Alsace was handed to craftsman and stonemasons who had already worked on the also famous gothic cathedral in Chartres.

    For the next four centuries, due to the height of its tower (142 m), the Strasbourg Cathedral was considered the tallest building in modern world! Furthermore, it was unique because it was one of the few gothic churches equipped with only one tower.
    Victor Hugo declared it a ‘gigantic and delicate marvel’; Goethe professed that its ‘loftiness is linked to its beauty’; and, no matter the angle or time of day, you too will be captivated by Strasbourg’s centerpiece Gothic cathedral.

    Visits every day:
    (except 01/01, 01/05 and 25/12)
    from April to September, every day from 9am to 7.30pm
    from October to March, every day from 10am to 5.30pm
    from June to August, until 10pm every Friday and Saturday

    Rates
    For individuals : 4,40 Euro for adults
    2,20 Euro for children (5-18) and students
    For groups (+ 20 people) : 3,30 Euro per person
    Free entry on the first Sunday of each month.

    Cathedral Platform:
    From here, you can enjoy in the magnificent view. On a clear day, you can even see Vosges and Black Forrest from the top of this platform.
    November, December, January, February: from 9.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.
    March, October: from 9.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
    April, Mai, June, September: from 9.00 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.
    July and August: from 8.30 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.
    Entrance: 3.00 Euros
    Reduced: 2.30 Euros

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    Always visit the cathedral

    by Beausoleil Updated Oct 29, 2013

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    The cathedral, as most in France, is sublime.

    The Cathedral is usually our first stop when visiting a large city. Strasbourg was no exception and every time we've gone, we've revisited the Cathedral. You have a different experience each time. Once they were restoring some of the stained glass windows and the church looked very bare without them. Fortunately that is now completed.

    We've also been accosted by very aggressive beggars inside the Cathedral which is (to us) unusual so keep an eye on your belongings. Usually they sit silently at the door but these folks were actively working the church and no one seemed to be doing anything about it. It's difficult because there is so much to see and your eyes are elsewhere as they should be.

    There is an astronomical clock in the back of the church and be aware that at noon you will be required to pay or be chased out of the church until the clock show is over. We decided once to pay and see the famous clock in action but the line was long and the space was limited so we gave up. Perhaps on a future trip . . .

    Outside, the tourist office in Strasbourg is beside a lovely medieval building in the Cathedral Square. The entire area is a fun exploration including the very touristy street going down toward the river where you take the boat tour.

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    Climb the tower of Notre Dame

    by Dabs Updated Oct 7, 2013

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    We've never met a tower that we didn't feel like we needed to climb so our 1st stop was to the top of Notre Dame for the view. Going up and down there are lots of photo opportunities as it's not as enclosed as most towers, you go up and down a different way so shoot as you are going up, you won't see the same view on the way down. If you don't like heights or enclosed spaces, this is not an attraction for you, we saw a woman going down shaking and practically in tears!

    Included on the Strasbourg Pass, 5€ if you don't have the pass

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    Astronomical Clock

    by Dabs Written Oct 7, 2013

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    Touted as one of the top things to see in Strasbourg, I was a little disappointed in the astronomical clock. There is only one performance per day, they tell you to start lining up at 11:45am, if you don't have the Strasbourg Pass, you need to buy a ticket at the cassis before getting in line to go in, cost is 2€. They then usher you into the cathedral, which is closed during the performance, you stand for awhile, there is a short video on the clock to watch and then at 12:30pm the clock starts doing it's thing, the apostles go round, the cock crows, the angels clang a bell and turn over an hour glass and then it's done. Doesn't sound exciting? It really isn't and I think if your time is tight this is skippable.

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    Strasbourg Cathedral

    by antistar Updated Sep 29, 2013

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    The Munster has 142 meters of towering bronze sandstone drawn straight from the valleys of the nearby Vosges mountains. It was once, for several centuries, the tallest building in the world, and even today you can see, on a good day, from the Vosges mountains in the west to the Black Forest in the East. It's known as a marvel of Gothic architecture, an engineering feat without contemporary parallel, with praise ladled upon it by some of history's literary greats, like Goethe. It contains an 18 meter clock, one of the largest in the world, which draws in crowds of tourists to watch it strike the hour. It is striking, iconic, dominating, important and symbolic.

    And yet, for me, I found the building unpleasing aesthetically. Maybe it was the single offset spire lending it a clumsy appearance, or maybe it was the dull weather combining with the dark stone to obscure its best features, or maybe it was the austere, stretched, angular lines, as if built for height rather than grandeur.

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    Cathedral Notre-Dame

    by shavy Updated Aug 30, 2013
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    The cathedral is in the old city center - on the island formed by the river Ill's two branches, Cathedral boasts a plethora of typical half-timbered houses
    Besides being a masterpiece of wood sculpture is also a popular for the restaurant and sidewalk cafes all around

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    THE ASTRONOMICAL CLOCK

    by balhannah Written Jun 16, 2013

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    I bet your thinking this in located in one of the squares, sorry, wrong, it is in Notre Dame Cathedral.
    Even if your here at the wrong time, [we were], still make you way and have a look, for it's a wonderful piece of work. This mechanical astronomical clock is an invention put together by various artists, all who worked together to build this amazing Clock. The present mechanism dates from 1842.

    "According to a legend, the local authorities of Strasbourg ordered that the constructor of the Astronomic Clock should be blinded, so that he could not try to build something like it ever again."
    Perhaps this was for the 1st clock, as this one was built by many people.

    What makes it such a work of art, is that many of the mechanical details were very rare in that time, such as calendar and astrolabe, as well as very interesting miniature statues. The main statue of the clock is the Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus in her arms. In front of her, every hour, the three Kings would step out of their chambers and the music announces the time.
    The astronomical clock offers you a view of different stages of life, starting with a child, a teenager, an adult and an old man, who pass before Death. Above this are the apostles who walk before Christ. Their passage is punctuated by the beatings of wings and the song of a large rooster.

    The clock can be seen every day at 12.30 pm, cost is 1 euro.
    You can view it at other times, but of course, you won't see it working.

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    NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL - PULPIT

    by balhannah Written Jun 16, 2013

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    The lovely Pulpit was built in 1485. Built in flamboyant Gothic style, you will find 50 or more sculptures, four evangelists linked with the fathers of the church, Virgin & child, St. Barbara, St. Catherine, St. John the Baptist, 8 Apostles and Angels carrying the instruments of Christ's Passion, and Christ on the Cross between the Virgin Mary and St. John the Baptist. It is a beautiful piece of work.
    Beside the Pulpit, is a box where you can put in a euro. This will light it up the pulpit and you will be able to read all about it. Taking photo's, I found it to be a little too bright!

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    NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL NAVE & ORGAN

    by balhannah Written Jun 16, 2013

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    The Notre Dame Cathedral has a small entry fee, don't let this put you off, as it is well worth seeing!

    I felt in awe when I entered the Cathedral, for here I was, standing, looking at a 32 metre high nave, built between 1235 and 1270. The Nave is decorated with 14 tapestries depicting the life of the Virgin Mary, these were made between 1638 and 1657 for Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, but were acquired and brought here in 1739.

    The Organ was lovely too. Situated in what is known as a Bird nest loft [15th century], it has 3 automations that still work today. The figure on the left, is dressed in the town's colours and is playing the trumpet. In the middle, Samson is opening and closing the mouth of his roaring Lion. On the right side, is a Monkey holding a pretzel? Years ago, these automated robots were displayed on the Pentecost Sunday, when the Pretzel man used to cry and jeer at the congregation!!!
    So, when you are here, take a close look at these figures.

    The Cathedral is open every day:
    (except 01/01, 01/05 and 25/12)
    from April to September, every day from 9am to 7.30pm
    from October to March, every day from 10am to 5.30pm
    from June to August, until 10pm every Friday and Saturday

    PRICE.....
    4,40 Euro for adults
    2,20 Euro for children (5-18) and students
    For groups (+ 20 people) : 3,30 Euro per person
    Free entry on the first Sunday of each month.

    Apostles animation:
    Every day at 12.30pm (south portal from 12.00pm).
    Price: 1 Euro

    Cathedral Platform: For views
    November, December, January, February: from 9.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.
    March, October: from 9.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
    April, May, June, September: from 9.00 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.
    July and August: from 8.30 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.
    Entrance: 3.00 Euros
    Reduced: 2.30 Euros

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