Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Strasbourg Cathedral

The Strasbourg Cathedral is an imposing structure. Construction began in 1176, and it is considered one of the finest examples of late Gothic architecture in the world.

Strasbourg Cathedral
The west facade commands your attention as you walk up the Rue Merciere.  Even at a distance, it's possible to get a sense of the intricate detail all over the building's exterior.

Strasbourg Cathedral Organ
The bright colors of the suspended pipe organ make it seem more appropriate for a circus than a place of worship.  I wish I'd noticed the little solar flare on the left coming from one of the stained glass windows while I was there shooting so I could have tried to do something more interesting with it.

View from top of Strasbourg Cathedral
Like Cologne, the Strasbourg Cathedral also offers the opportunity to climb to its top.  The view to the east looked like it would be stunning with fewer clouds.  I thought I could make out the faint shapes of mountains in the distance.

Strasbourg Cathedral
Flying buttresses are easily my favorite architectural feature to say.  And they look cool, too.

Strasbourg Cathedral
One of the seemingly immeasurable details on the building.  I guess when something's been around for nearly 900 years, it's had lots of opportunities to add these sorts of touches.

Strasbourg Cathedral
At 466 feet, the cathedral was the world's tallest building from 1647 to 1874.  Taryn's providing a little sense of scale in the foreground.

A truly spectacular testament to what lengths people will go to in order to show their love for God!

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