Cathédrale Notre-Dame, Strasbourg

Cathédrale Notre-Dame, Strasbourg (must see)

Until 1874 the Cathédrale Notre Dame was the world's tallest building; today it is the 6th tallest church and its tower dominates the Strasbourg skyline.

Described by Victor Hugo as a "gigantic and delicate marvel", and by Goethe as a "sublimely towering, wide-spreading tree of God", the cathedral is visible far across the plains of Alsace and can be seen from as far off as the Vosges Mountains or the Black Forest on the other side of the Rhine. Sandstone from the Vosges used in construction gives the cathedral its characteristic pink hue.

It took many centuries to finish and has three distinctive styles. Only the crypt dates back to 1015 and it has been expanded over the centuries. The North Tower, built in 1439, is 142 meters high and on a clear day you can see for over 30km from the observation level. The Lawrence Portal in the North Transept was finished in 1505 in a markedly post-Gothic, early-Renaissance style.

Most of the statues in the cathedral are copies of the originals which can be seen the Museum de l’Oeuvre Notre-Dame. The stunning Astronomical Clock, built in 1843 to replace an earlier clock, is 18 meters high and is one of the largest in the world.

Tip:
If you want to watch the clock "show" (including the 30min movie presentation with English subtitles) it is at 12:30 noon in summer, but you must be there at around 11:30am to book your entry at the back door of the Cathedral (palace side) since places are limited or may be pre-booked.
The climb up the tower is not difficult as long as you can take 330 steps. Get there early in the morning or after seeing the clock for the best light for photography.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Name: Cathédrale Notre-Dame
Sight Location: Strasbourg, France
Sight Type: Religious
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