Sunday, May 6, 2012

Notre Dame, Strasbourg

Notre Dame translates from French to Church of Our Lady. There are many Notre Dame Cathedrals. This one is in Strasbourg, France. It was built during the 13th century in the Gothic style and for a time was the tallest building in the world.

The exterior is filled with details. The monsters are part of the water drainage system and also help keep away evil spirits.

 Inside there is an astronomical clock which dates to 1838. It is one of the tallest in the world.
The church incorporates a construction technique commonly found on Gothic style structures called flying butresses. They can be clearly seen on the outside of the cathedral in the right-hand photo. Their purpose is to keep the outer wall of the cathedral from buckling under the weight of the dome. They do this through their connection with the outer wall which transfers the load into the butresses.

If you are planning a trip to Europe and intend to visit some cathedrals, Cathedral by David Macaulay is an excellent book to read before your trip. The book explains how cathedrals were built in an entertaining story children and adults both find interesting.

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  1. I love visiting old cathedrals:)

  2. Reading about it is fun, but actually seeing it has to be great!

  3. wow, more great architecture! Thanks for sharing at FTF.


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