Strasbourg Cathedral

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by vanessamccloskey
Last updated 5 years ago

Discipline:
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Subject:
Architecture
Grade:
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Strasbourg Cathedral

1. Rose Window2. Pointed Arches 3. Rib Vaults4. Flying Buttresses5. Clerestory Windows6. Exterior Ornamentation7. Light Filled Interior8. Height and Verticality9. Exterior Portals10. Spires

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Gothic architecture is illuminated, intricate, and focused on love. The Strasbourg Cathedral fits this definition, featuring a bright and open interior and beautiful decoration on the outside.There is a focus on height both on the exterior and interior, giving a heavenly look and feel. A complete departure from the apocalyptic and dark Romanesque style, the Gothic style is full of light and love. The architecture of the Strasbourg Cathedral definitely fits the description.

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The Strasbourg Cathedral was originally built in a Romanesque style, but a fire burned it down and it was rebuilt in a Gothic style. It was funded by a local bishop, but citizens had to donate to complete the building. It was considered the tallest structure in the world for four centuries! During the Protestant Reformation, the cathedral was used as a church but it returned to its original Catholic purpose after the city of Strasbourg was incorporated into France. Its famous astronomical clock was a late addition.

Strasbourg CathedralStrasbourg, Alsace, FranceBuilt from 1015-1439

* The Astronomical Clock is a more modern feature, set in a 17th century case and using a 19th century mechanism.

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