Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg


Strasbourg Cathedral de Notre-Dame is known as one of the most beautiful gothic cathedrals in Europe.

The Cathedral stands on the exact site of a roman temple, built on a little hill. The first version of the church was starting to be built during 1015 by proposal of Bishop Werner von Habsburg, but fire destroyed most of the original Romanesque building. By the time the cathedral was renovated, the gothic architectural style has reached Alsace and the future cathedral was starting to develop all characteristics of gothic aesthetics. The project of the first cathedral in Alsace was handed to craftsman and stonemasons who had already worked on the famous gothic cathedral in Chartres.

The cathedral has many other treasures: stained glass windows dating from the 12th to the 14th century, the St. Pancrace's altar, the 17th-century tapestries and finally a very popular curiosity, the astronomical clock set up in its own 17th-century case decorated by Tobias Stimmer and using an 19th-century mechanism devised by Schwilgué


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