The Cathedral of Our Lady of Strasbourg must surely qualify as ‘Grand’. It’s the tallest still-standing structure built entirely in the Middle Ages, and is considered to be one of the finest examples of high/late Gothic architecture. (As always, you can get the bigger picture by clicking on each photo.) Its stunning pink sandstone facade is unique, and quite breathtaking.
The famous west front entrance is decorated with thousands of figures.
The beautiful Rose window is quite stunning from the outside,
but from inside the cathedral, it is absolutely magnificent.
There are so many gorgeous stained glass windows.
The total inside length is 103 metres, and it seems a long way down to the altar at the front.
The magnificent pulpit is decorated with numerous statuettes which were sculpted by Hans Hammer in 1485,
I was particularly fascinated by the 14th century beautifully ornate, suspended pipe organ, which had no visible way of getting to it,
so unfortunately I was unable to go up there and give it a blast.
In the south transept, there is an 18 metre high, astronomical clock, one of the largest in the world. The present clock, which is said to be extraordinarily accurate, was completed in 1843. It has sculpted figurines, which move around at different hours of the day. The clock does far more than tell the time, it also indicates solar time, with each day of the week being represented by a god of mythology. It also shows the month, the year, and the appropriate sign of the zodiac, as well as the phase of the moon and the position of several planets.
If one happens to be there at half past midday, one can see all these automatons go into operation, and the figurines start doing their thing. At the top, you can see the representation of Christ, and underneath is Death himself. Figurines representing the different stages of life, a child, a teenager, an adult and an old man, all pass in front of Death. Above this, the apostles walk before Christ, accompanied by the sound of beating wings and the crowing of a rooster.
Just in front of the clock stands the marvellously decorated Pillar of Angels, representing the Last Judgement.
This magnificently grand edifice, draws in over two million visitors every year. It was once described by Victor Hugo, as “a gigantic and delicate marvel,” and by Goethe as ” a sublimely towering, wide-spreading tree of God,” and is visible for miles around, even from as far away as the Black Forest on the other side of the Rhine.
I hope you’ve enjoyed your grand tour today. To see more entries for the Weekly Photo Challenge, just click on the badge below.
I would love seeing this magnificent structure. Thanks for the tour.
It is more impressive than the Notre -Dame of Paris, and I don’t doubt a word from Hugo’s mouth. Merci ma belle. I will go there – definitely. xo
Thanks, Paula. I want to go back there one day. 🙂 xx
hai reso magnificamente con prospettive sceniche davvero sorprendenti la grandiosa bellezza di questa superba cattedrale…a me è venuto il torcicollo da guardare in alto quando sono andata in Francia ad ammirarla!
you made beautifully scenic prospects truly amazing the great beauty of this superb cathedral … to me came the stiff neck from looking up when I went to France to see her!
Thanks so much, Ventis. Yes, I so agree with you. 🙂
These photos are breathtaking. Such detail in the architecture.
Thanks, mofman. Yes, it was really awe-inspiring.
Well, if the Cathedral of Our Lady isn’t grand, nothing is! I like the perspective here too!
Thanks so much, George. It’s a most magnificent place to visit. 🙂
Love it! Grand surprise and much, much more. Happy Holidays and best of blessings to you and your family.
Thanks so much, IT. We had a great Christmas. Happy New Year to you and your family. 🙂
Everything is majestic there, inside and out. Nice that you get to capture its entirety from the ground up.
Thanks, Rommel. Glad you enjoyed the pics. 🙂
Wow, one day we will visit Europe, for now we will tour through you. Great pictures and they are Grand! Glad you found us again or I would have missed all your beautiful captures.
Thanks so much, Mona. Glad you enjoyed these pics. 🙂
Great post Sylvia. The cathedrals in Europe are stunning. I remember visiting a few in Munich and Cologne. Difficult to capture and you’ve done a beautiful job 🙂
Thanks so much, Ingrid. yes, I also went to Cologne cathedral on the same trip. It was also really amazing. 🙂
Thanks so much. 🙂
That is all very grand
I thought so too. 🙂
Thanks so much, Dawn. 🙂
The Pillar of Angels is amazing! And you’ve captured the WOW-factor indeed. Great post, great photos.
Thanks, Marion. Glad you enjoyed. 🙂
“Grand” like no other. What an incredible structure! That entrance alone is worth the trip to see it. Thanks for taking us there.
You;re so welcome, John. Glad you enjoyed the tour. 🙂
Absolutely gorgeous. Definitely grand. These European cathedrals cannot be beat for their stunning beauty.
Thanks so much, Juliann. I agree with you. 🙂
Another wonderful…yes truly grand cathedral Sylvia. Amazing detail, beautiful stained glass and what an amazing clock. But why does everything happen at half past rather than at noon I wonder? Intriguing to say the least.
Thanks, Michelle. I’m sure there must be a good reason, but can’t for the life of me, fathom what it could be. 🙂
wow! truly grand! and what lovely shots you’ve got! thanks for the tour, Sylvia!
Thanks, Lola. Glad you enjoyed my pics of this wondrous place. 🙂
Wow! Grand is right! Tremendous architectural views Sylvia!
Thanks, Phil. 🙂