Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Laon


The impressive Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Laon, with its five towers, overlooks the city of Loan.

Thanks to its architectural beauty, the cathedral has become one of the city’s main tourist attractions and is classed as one of the historical monuments dating back to 1840. La Cathédrale Notre Dame de Laon is one of the most symbolic examples of Gothic architecture of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. The cathedral was originally built in 1155 to replace a damaged building during the uprising of Laonnois in 111.20 taking no more than 50 years for its construction. Originally, the cathedral which stands 75 metres above the city would have comprised of seven turns, five of which were built with a steeple. These were, however, demolished during the French Revolution.

The cathedral of Laon, inspired by the Anglo Norman era, has influenced, in the region, the construction of various other monuments of its genre; such as the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris or the famous Cathédrale de Reims.


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