Notre-Dame Cathedral, Strasbourg

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    The Astronomical clock

    by ruki Written Oct 5, 2009

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    This clock is very famous attraction here. The first clock was equipped with various mehanical details that were very rare in that time, such as calendar and astrolabe. The main statue was representing Virgin Merry holding baby Jesus. In front of her, very hour the three Kings would step out of their chambers and the music announces the time. Right now the clock present views of different stage of life, which are child, a teenager, an adult,and an old man who pass before Death.

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    Strasbourg Cathedral

    by ruki Written Sep 22, 2009

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    Strasbourg Cathedral is for me one of the most beautiful gothic cathedrals in Europe. It stands on the site of roman temple built. The first version was starting to be built during 1015, but fire destroyed most of original Romanesque building.
    Cathedral was considered the tallest building in modern world four centuries,with 142 m height.
    The cathedral has many other treasures: stained glass windows dating from the 12th to the 14th century, the St. Pancrace's altar (1522) from Dangolsheim, the 17th-century tapestries forming the Virgin's wall covering purchased in the 18th century, and finally a very popular curiosity, the astronomical clock set up in its own 17th-century case decorated by Tobias Stimmer and using an 19th-century mechanism devised by Schwilgué. To its left, there are 15th-century mural paintings.
    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

    From the belfry, the view of Strasbourg is wonderful.
    On a clear day, you can even see Vosges and Black Forrest from the top of this platform
    To climb up cost 3 euro for adults

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    Strasbourg Cathedral

    by barbskie Written Dec 10, 2008

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    Cathédral Notre Dame is a Gothic masterpiece with a single tower, with a remarkable astronomical clock and medieval stained-glass windows. It is considered as one of the greatest cathedral in Europe.
    It stands on the site of a roman temple, built on a mound above the marshy land, surrounding the camp of Argentoratum, and an early church commissioned by King Clovis of the Franks. Like most Gothic churches, Strasbourg Cathedral was constructed in several stages over several centuries. The first version begun in 1015, but fire destroyed most of the original Romanesque building, and by the time work started on rebuilding it at the end of the 12 century, the Gothic style had reached Alsace, and stonemasons and master builders had worked bringing their skills to this project. After the defeat of their prince bishop, the bourgeoisie took charge of the work themselves, calling on the citizens to contribute to the building fund.
    The artistic highlight of Strasbourg Cathedral is its wonderful western façade facing Place de la Cathédrale. The intricate, delicate carving and statues make the reddish-pink sandstone appear almost lace-like. Statues and gargoyles abound.

    Open every day
    from 7 am to 11.30 am and from 12.40 pm to 7pm
    (free entrance).
    Cannot be visited during services.

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    Notre Dame de Strasbourg

    by Tom_Fields Written Nov 30, 2008

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    Built on the site of a Roman temple, which was later the site of a church commissioned by Clovis, this is one of France's greatest cathedrals. Strasbourg's cathedral was built from the 13th to the 15th centuries.

    Its oddest feature is the one spire, where most cathedrals have two. At one time, it was the tallest man-made structure in the world. Another unique curiousity is the Astronomical Clock, made by Jean-Baptiste Schwilgué in 1843. It keeps track of leap years, equinoxes, and even computes when Easter will be. Not to be missed!

    The hike to the top is challenging, but well worth it. Here is the best view of Strasbourg.

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    Notre-Dame Cathedral – Interior

    by ATXtraveler Written Feb 23, 2008

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    The interior of the cathedral is so moving that it definitely deserved its own individual tip. The first thing you will notice when you enter the cathedral are the beautiful stain glass windows, which provide a wonderful amount of light into the main seating area of the cathedral. The windows date back as early as the 13th Century. The oldest of these windows include depictions of Holy Roman Emperors, which gives you an idea of the date they were created. Immediately upon entering, you will also notice a very large pipe organ, unusually placed in a swallow’s nest type placement on the northern wall of the cathedral, where it has remained since the 14th century. One of the most striking features of the cathedral however is in the far right corner, where a large Astronomical Clock featuring the 12 apostles and Christ move and parade when the clock strikes the hour. In particular, there is a unique show at 12:30pm, which we did not stay for, but hear it is a great show. We both wondered why a clock would have its largest show at 12:30 rather than noontime, but we did not ask.

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    Notre-Dame Cathedral - Exterior

    by ATXtraveler Written Feb 21, 2008

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    This is definitely the highlight attraction of a visit to Strasbourg. It is a towering gothic cathedral, with beautiful spires and intricate carved facades. Taking up what appears to be a large block in the middle of the city, this masterpiece was started in 1277, and the largest spire was not completed until 1439. The largest spire reaches up 142m in the air, but it seems a little taller than that in real life! It is also fun to look out for the Wise and Foolish Virgins which are in the right portal of the building. The entire outside could take a long portion of the day to truly appreciate, so make sure to build in adequate time to view the entire area before venturing inside.

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    Climbing the tower of Notre Dame

    by jamiema Written Aug 11, 2007

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    Strasbourg Cathedral is a beautiful architectural masterpiece, set right in the heart of la Petite France by the River Ill, and one of the best ways to gain a fantastic view of the city is to climb the 300 or so steps up to the top of the tower. The climb costs a small fee- just a few euros- and is certainly not for the faint hearted or the vertigo-sufferer; most of the steps are spiralling stone staircases on the exterior of the building with semi-open windows for views out as you climb. At the very top there is a large platform on top of the building that can hold very large groups and has magnificent panoramas way above the rooftops to the Black Forest and the Vosges. On the wall of the bell tower you can also see ancient inscriptions left by visitors from across Europe- not only France and Germany but while I was there I noticed the names of people from London, Krakow and Rome! Take care on the way down as some of the steps are rather small. but fortunately the route has been designed so that you go up and down on different staircases to avoid awkward and possibly dangerous crossings on the stairs!

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    The heart of Strasbourg

    by Hotboy_san Written Jul 11, 2007

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    At the heart of the historical center of Strasbourg, the superb Cathedrale of Notre Dame is like 'a pinky-red angel hovering over the city' in the words of the French poet and playwrite, Paul Claudel.

    One of the finest of the great Gothic cathedrals, it stands on the site of a roman temple, built on a mound above the marshy land surrounding the camp of Argentoratum, and an early church commissioned by King Clovis of the Franks. The first version was begun in 1015, but fire destroyed most of the original Romanesque building, and by the time work started on rebuilding it at the end of the twelth century, the Gothic style had reached Alsace, and stonemasons and master builders who had worked at Chartres were soon bringing their skills to this new project. After the defeat of their prince bishop, the bourgeoisie took charge of the work themselves, calling on the citizens to contribute to the building fund.

    Open every day
    from 7 am to 11.30 am and from 12.40 pm to 7pm
    (free entrance). Cannot be visited during services.

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    Notre Dame Cathedral

    by traveloturc Written Jun 3, 2007

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    Strasbourg Cathedral which began undergoing construction in the 12th century, was completed in 1439 and became the World's Tallest Building, surpassing the Great Pyramid of Giza. In the 1520s during the Protestant Reformation, the city embraced the religious teachings of Martin Luther, whose adherents established a university (the Gymnasium, headed by Johannes Sturm) in the following century.

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    Cathedral Notre-Dame, crib with fir trees

    by JLBG Updated Dec 21, 2006

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    On the right size of the nave, near Sainte Catherine Chapel a large crib was standing. I have taken photos of the three main parts. Note that it has been replaced in an Alsacian surrounding with a lot of fir trees!

    The first photo shows a Nativity surrounded by fir trees.

    The second is a Worship by the three Wise Men with a superb black elephant and a lot of fir trees.

    The third is a presentation of Jesus in the temple in front of fir trees.

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    Cathedral Notre-Dame, Pillar of the Last Judgment.

    by JLBG Updated Dec 21, 2006

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    Cathedral Notre-Dame, Pillar of the Last Judgment.

    In the right transept, the Pillar of the Angels or Pillar of the Last judgment is a masterpiece of the purest Gothic art. Angels are represented on three levels on each of the three sides of the pillar. Each row is separated from the next by a column.

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    Cathedral Notre-Dame, Jesus at the Olive grove

    by JLBG Updated Dec 21, 2006

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    In the left transept stands a strange group, carved in stone. It represents the Olive trees mountain with Jesus on the Cross. It had been ordered in 1498 for the cemetery of Église Saint Thomas but was finally deposited in the Cathedral. You have to drop a one Euro coin in a slot to allow it to be lit for a few minutes.

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    Cathedral Notre-Dame, triptychs

    by JLBG Updated Dec 21, 2006

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    Against the transept stand two triptychs.

    The first photo shows in the middle panel of the triptych a soldier riding a horse and framed by a bishop and a bearded man. Each side panels represent a saint.

    The second triptych looks more recent a shows a king in the middle with a bishop on its right and a woman (the queen?) on its left. The side panels show several peoples.

    I have not found any information on these triptychs.

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    Cathedral Notre-Dame, stained glass windows

    by JLBG Updated Dec 21, 2006

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    Strasbourg's cathedral has beautiful stained glass windows. They have suffered a lot along the centuries and only those on the highest levels date back from the XIIth, XIIIth and XIVth. Altogether, there are 500,000 elements that make 4,600 panels!

    Sorry, the photos are not very sharp as it was raining outside and I had not taken a tripod. Next time!

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    Cathedral Notre-Dame, the nave

    by JLBG Updated Dec 21, 2006

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    Cathedral Notre-Dame, the nave

    The nave was began to build in the XIIIth and has seven rows. It is 32 meters high while Notre-Dame de Paris is 35 meters and Amiens 42 meters.
    With 103 meters length, it is also shorter the Notre-Dame de Paris (130 meters) and Amiens (145 meters)

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