Masterpiece in Strasbourg

IMG_4097The first thought that entered my head as I stared up to behold the massive and beautiful Cathedrale Notre-Dame of Strasbourg, France was, “how did they build that?”

IMG_4090This cathedral is extraordinarily beautiful and fantastic in scale. The attention to detail is incredible. I thought about the number of decades and the number of skilled artisans that labored for years so that we could appreciate this masterpiece of architecture and art.

IMG_4092I’ve been to the Cathedrale in Chatres and the Cathedrale of Notre-Dame in Paris but I was never aware of the existence of this cathedral. It was a pleasant surprise to come upon it while visiting Strasbourg on my way to Germany last year. We had several hours to spare so we walked around the entire circumference of the structure admiring the work, finally entering inside to take a look at it’s many stained glass windows, sculptures, vaulted ceiling and columns.

I spent a long time inside, looking at everything and taking in the ambience. I took pictures of everything but unfortunately I was working with my daughter’s point-and-shoot Cybershot so the pictures weren’t that great. My main camera ran out of juice.

IMG_4132I noticed a considerable large crowd gathered in the transept to the right of the apse. That’s when I noticed the second masterpiece inside this cathedral: The Strasbourg Astronomical Clock.

IMG_4129Once again, I was very pleasantly surprised. I wanted to know all about this clock but all the information available at the time from the skimpy pamphlet was in French. I had to wait till I got an internet connection to learn all about this clock. You can read about it in this Wikipedia article.

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IMG_4131For this week’s photo challenge, this astronomical clock and the cathedral it resides in definitely shows just two examples of the dizzying collection of art around the world that truly defines what is a masterpiece.

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17 responses to “Masterpiece in Strasbourg

    • I don’t know what it is but I just love churches, cathedrals, abbeys, and cloisters. I admire the work put in and the calmness it brings upon entering these magnificent structures in Europe. I wish I could visit them all!

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  3. It is so huge and detailed, quite impressive and the clock is beautiful
    I would like to invite you to join us for Travel Photo Mondays, the link runs the whole week so I hope you can join us?

    • Hey Noel, thanks for the invite. I just visited your blog and your travel photography is amazing! I will definitely drop in and see if I can participate in your Travel Photo Mondays.

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  8. A great Cathedral. I See you saw one of the most beautiful in France.You could to Amiens to see the highest nave, or in Ulm (Germany) to see the highest tower.
    I’m also fascinating by the Sultan Ahmed Mosque in Istanbul, the greatest of the city with it’s blue color and his huge dome.

    • Man, ALL of those are great examples! I would love to visit other places in France as well as Istanbul. Such a beautiful city. One of my favorite cathedrals however (more so than Notre Dame) is in Chartres. I visited there years ago before digital photography.

      I will attempt to visit Amiens perhaps next year.

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