Sunday, January 18, 2015

Strasbourg Cathedral Exterior - Diliff.jpg 
Strasbourg Cathedral's west façade, viewed

Strasbourg Cathedral
Strasbourg, Germany

Steeple Detail

"Strasbourg, a dual-cultured city  is perched on the border of France and Germany." (AC)
Front Double Door Entrance
Lower part of the West façade, (Caption-Link)

 "This Gothic beauty, situated at the centre of the city, is a mixture of filigree stonework and lacy spires, leering gargoyles and flying buttresses.  Victor Hugo said of this cathedral 'The true triumph of the cathedral is the spire.  It is a veritable tiara of stone with its crown and its cross.  It is a gigantic and delicate marvel.' " (Guide book.)              

Side Doors
"Strasbourg Cathedral or the Cathedral of Our Lady of Strasbourg (French: Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg, German: Liebfrauenmünster zu Straßburg), also known as Strasbourg Minster, is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Strasbourg, Alsace, France. Although considerable parts of it are still in Romanesque architecture, it is widely consideredto be among the finest examples of high, or late, Gothic architecture. Erwin von Steinbach is credited for major contributions from 1277 to his death in 1318.

Rose Window

"At 142 metres (466 feet), it was the world's tallest building from 1647 to 1874 (227 years), when it was surpassed by St. Nikolai's Church, Hamburg. Today it is the sixth-tallest church in the world and the highest extant structure built entirely in the Middle Ages.

"Described by Victor Hugo as a "gigantic and delicate marvel",and by Goethe as a "sublimely towering, wide-spreading tree of God",the cathedral is visible far across the plains of Alsace and can be seen from as far off as the Vosges Mountains or the Black Forest on the other side of the Rhine. Sandstone from the Vosges used in construction gives the cathedral its characteristic pink hue." (Link)

Photos: Taken in August 2014 by friend Arne Carlson while on a Rhine
                 River Cruise.


God, be with the persecuted Christians through out the world. Amen (SW.)

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