Cathedrale Notre Dame, Lausanne
One of the most beautiful Gothic structures in Europe, Lausanne Cathedral stands ,150m above Lake Geneva. Construction on the cathedral began in 1175; in 1275 it was consecrated by Pope Gregory X. The architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc began a restoration of the cathedral in the 19th century -- and it is still going on!
The doors and façade of the Cathedral are luxuriously ornamented with sculptures and bas-reliefs.
The Cathedral has two towers; you can climb the 225 steps to the observation deck of one of the towers.The south facade is studded with a spectacular giant Gothic rose window of stained glass, and flying buttresses encircle the exterior of the choir and ambulatory.
We started our tour in Lausanne with Cathedral of Notre Dame that is located on the hill that houses the Old Town. It’s a beautiful gothic structure full with towers and spires. It was started to built in 1175 but completed 100 years later when Pope Gregory X was there for the consecration, I guess the great fires of 1219 and 1235 caused lots of problems. There were also several additions, restorations and renovations the centuries that followed.
Once inside we loved the elegant interior no matter you don’t really see detailed decoration due to Reformation so most paintings, altars, statuary were just lost, including the Golden Virgin that was melted! But walking around we noticed many beautiful spots, statues, the beautiful South Rose window (a giant rose window actually that dates back from 13th century!), old tombs etc
You can also climb one of the tower (225 steps) for some nice view over the city but we didnt have time for that. Since medieval times there was a nightwatch at the tower who was checking for fires over the city that had mostly wooden buildings. The funny thing is that you can still hear “All’s Well” coming from the west tower every night at 22.00 and then every 60’ until 02.00am!
The cathedral is open daily 7.00-19.00 (weekends from 8.00), in winter close at 17.30
There’s no entrance fee but you need 2chf for the tower
Cathedral Notre Dame of Lausanne dominates the cityscape of Lausanne. The main architect of the Cathedral – the largest and generally acclaimed as the Switzerland's finest Gothic building, was Jean de Cotereel.
The construction of the Cathedral began about 1150, but the two great fires, in 1219 and 1235, prevent the completion of the building for quite a long time. The 20th of October 1275 is important day in the Cathedral history – Pope Gregory X and king Rudolph I of Germany meet inside the Cathedral for its consecration – the work of more than a century had been finished! In 1536 Lausanne citizens converted to Reformation faith, and the Cathedral's last Roman-Catholic bishop Sebastien de Montfalcon rest his position in favour of new pastors, among them Pierre Viret. Despite extensive renovations and alterations just before the Reformation, and the loss of the altars, screens, and most of the statuary, paintings and glass during and after it, the Cathedral has lost none of its beauty and grace. The architect-restorer Eugene Viollet-le-Duc began a restoration of the Cathedral in the 19th century – and it is still going on today.
Entrance to the Cathedral is through the west portal, 20th century replica of so called Montfalcon Portal after a 16th century bishop Aymon de Montfalcon, antecedent and uncle of bishop Sebastien de Montfalcon. Inside, visitors first pass through the narthex, with several severely damaged frescoes and a few large sculptures. In the north-west corner of the Cathedral is the Chapel of Theban Martyrs called also the Chapel of Montfalcon, with magnificent 16th century woodcarvings. The interior is Gothic at its most elegant and beautiful. It is mostly bare of decorations, but there are some notable exceptions of medieval art surviving here and there. One example is the south portal, known as the Painted Porch. The statues on its exterior are 13th century originals. They still have a few remnants of paint. The glorious South Rose Window also survived from the 13th century; only the central piece is not original. The rose was a popular medieval representation of the universe and Lausanne's huge rose contains images representing the four seasons, four elements, four winds, four rivers of paradise, and the twelve labors of the months and signs of the zodiac. The Cathedral is burial place of Otton de Grandson, a famous medieval knight.
To be continued in "The Tower of the Cathedral – Viewpoint"…
Basilique Notre-Dame du Valentin is the first Catholic church built in Lausanne after the Reformation. The Catholic community of Lausanne was founded in 1792 by Baroness Eleonore d'Olcah; 40 years later – in 1832, the architect Henri Perregaux directed the construction of a new church building. Nowadays it is the largest of the ten Catholic churches in the city. Its neoclassical element is predominant. In 1932, work began to restore and enlarge the church under the direction of architect Fernand Dumas, who designed a monumental staircase, a peristyle and a 38 m high steeple. In 1992, it was elevated to a basilica by Pope John Paul II.
Interior of Notre-Dame du Valentin is dominated by monumental and very odd fresco representing Mary Mother of God with Baby Jesus, painted in 1934 or 1935* by Italian Gino Severini. Another precious artifact treasured in the church is the 15th century painted wood sculpture called Notre-Dame du Lausanne.
* On the Official site of the city of Lausanne is stated that Gino Severini created his monumental fresco in 1934. All the other sources give the year 1935 as the one in which the artist painted the fresco.
[…] The top of the west tower of the Cathedral Notre Dame of Lausanne is probably the best viewpoint in the city. The entrance to the staircase is in the souvenir shop, in the south-west corner of the Cathedral. It is not easy to reach the top, but it is worth of every effort to do this – the view of the city and Lake Geneva is spectacular.
There is another interesting fact about the Cathedral Notre Dame of Lausanne – cry "All's well!" can be heard from the west tower every night between 10 pm and 2 am. This is the Cathedral's famous night watchman, who is carrying on an old tradition handed down over more than 6 centuries. In the Middle Ages, the watchman's job was to raise the alarm in the event of fire because the majority of the town's houses had been made of wood – Lausanne's is the last remaining cathedral in Europe to do this.
To be continued in "Sound of Organ in the Gothic Cathedral…"…
Lausanne's Cathedrale Notre Dame is reportedly the most impressive cathedral in Switzerland. This large, gothic cathedral dates back to the 12th and 13th centuries, being constructed on the site of older churches. It sits up on a hill above the old town.
The main entrance is impressive, with numerous statues peering down at you from the arch above the doorway. Through the door there are more arches in the sombre, lofty interior, along with a sense of peace.
There are some attractive stained glass windows, with the highlight being the beautiful 13th century rose window which is made up of images from the zodiac and the four seasons.
You can climb 232 steps to the top of the bell tower and enjoy fabulous view across the city and lake. From the top of this tower, a watchman still cries out the hours, from 10pm till 2am, nightly. This tradition has continued for over 600 years, and Lausanne's is the last remaining cathedral in Europe to do this.
One of the more beautiful cathedrals in Switzerland, this church also offers a beautiful view of the city and Lake Geneva. Entrance to the cathedral is free, and a ticket to walk up the tower is I believe 2 CHF. Tower access closes sometime between 4 and 5 pm.
The construction of "Notre Dame" Cathedral began in 1150 and ended around 1275. It was built in Gothic style, in the "Cité" (old town). The Cathedral is regularly being renovated, to help it remain as beautiful as always.
Concerts are regularly held in the Cathedral, a lot of times they are free.
You can also just walk in to have a look at the beautiful stained glass or walk up one of the towers to enjoy the beautiful view... To go up, you have to pay CHF 2.- (if I remember correctly), it's worth the exercise and the money!
At night, the Cathedral is lit up, so you can still see it from wherever you are in Lausanne.
On New Years Eve, a lot of people gather up at the Cathedral to listen to a classical concert and have a glass of champagne outside when the clock strikes 12. On that special occasion, the colors of the lights illuminating the Cathedral change...
You can even get married in the Cathedral... One of my friends got married there this spring, beautiful place to have your wedding!
With a truly spectacular view over the whole of the city and most of Lake Geneva too, climbing the southwest tower is one of the highlights of visiting Lausanne.
What is interesting: from 10 pm -2 am the town crier shouts out the hour from the four sides of the tower as has been the tradition since the Middle Ages -the last to do so in Europe :-)
Mon–Sat 8.30–11.30am & 1.30–5.30pm, Sun 2–5.30pm;
Lausenne's Cathedral is the biggest, most beautiful Gothic building in Switzerland
The construction of the Gothic cathedral began around 1150 and ended around 1275. It supersedes much older structures going back to the Roman era. A short tour around the walls brings such a claim home. Elegant and proportioned towers, turrets and spires claw their way up stage by stage into the sky, the south facade is studded with a spectacular giant Gothic rose window of stained glass, and flying buttresses encircle the exterior of the choir and ambulatory.
The Cathedral often host classical concerts.
Lausanne's Cathedral is the biggest, most beautiful gothic building in Switzerland. It was inaugurated in 1275. .
During the day, you can climb to the top of the tower for a superb view of the city... and don't miss the stained-glass. From 10pm-2am, the town crier shouts out the hour from the four sides of the tower as has been the tradition since the Middle Ages; the last to do so in Europe. I used to live right next to it so I used to curse him in very language.. would you believe me if I told you I miss it sometimes though?
btw, the Cathedral often hosts classical concerts, so check if they're giving any during your visit. Admission to the tower is Sfr2 ($1.25)
THE CATHEDRAL OF NOTE-DAME, consecrated by Pope Gregory X in the presence of King Rudolf of Habsburg in 1275, is an early Gothic cathedral.
It is one of the most beautiful Gothic structures in Europe and the best in Switzerland!!
The present Cathedral was finished in 1215 and is one of the largest and grandest in Switzerland. Besides its size, it is adorned with fantastic stained glass on the inside.
The south facade is studded with a spectacular giant Gothic rose window of stained glass from thirteenth-century.
I liked the stained glass windows
We entered through the covered wooden stairs from the Place de La Palud