Sunday, January 20, 2013

Cathedral of our Lady of Strasbourg

Over the weekend I visited Strasbourg. I planned this blog to be a fashion blog but I guess it's a travel blog for now. The Cathedral of our Lady of Strasbourg is probably the most Gothic thing I have ever seen. It is also the "highest still standing building built entirely in the middle ages". If it was merely tall, it would be impressive at 466 ft., but it is also intricately decorated all the way to the top. They didn't get careless on the statues higher up, either, just because people wouldn't be able to see them. The decorations at the top are just as intricate as the ones at the bottom. The details are almost overwhelming. The cathedral is gigantic but the veins on the hands of the statues are carefully rendered.

It is impossible to capture the grandeur of the exterior but the interior is even more difficult because it's dark inside. It isn't heated very well either, so it was an authentic medieval church going experience in those  respects. There were gorgeous stained glass windows but it was too dark to get a decent picture. One other thing that is unique about this cathedral is this 59 ft. tall astronomical clock. The figures in the clock move and they parade in front of Death, in the form of a skeleton. The clock is mostly accurate and conceals a complex system of gears which are, no doubt, steampunk stroke material. 

Also, according to legend the cathedral was built on a lake and it might have one of the wonderful foggy underground caves, such as the one in Phantom of the Opera, and also in a few other movies (Addams Family also comes to mind, when Gomez and Fester are making their way to the secret treasure room).

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