31 March 2009

Strasbourg Cathedral

While we were in Germany we drove over to Strasbourg, France. I had been there before with my daughter about 12-13 years ago. At the time she was taking french in school and wanted to go to France if we went to Germany. Hubby was floored by the Strasbourg Cathedral and I must admit it is a sight to be seen. From the information I found off the web it was constructed from 1176-1479 and was the world's tallest building from 1647-1874. It also remained the tallest church in the world until 1880.

I thought this was a cool picture seeing the tower off in the distance, plus we were happy to see it. Thank you GPS!!!!

Some side views of the cathedral. This cathedral was started out in the Romanesque style, but in 1225 the Gothic style was added by a team from Chartres. This church also has an astronomical clock which has different figures from childhood to manhood to death. They also have another level with the apostles and Jesus. Not only does this clock tell time, it shows solar time, the month, year, sign of the zodiac, and the phase of the moon and several planets. We did not see any of this as it starts at 12:30 to view it. However, it was still fascinating. Just think-- something that old still works!!!!

Gorgeous stained glass window

Yours truly

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