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Strasbourg cathedral

11 Juin 2017 , Rédigé par Maryse Publié dans #Around Lorraine, #Alsace

Strasbourg cathedral can be seen from far away and recognized thanks  to the only tower of the building. From 1647 to 1874 it was the tallest building in the world.

A guide has explained to us that, if you imagine Strasbourg cathedral without this high tower and the part above the rose window, it is very similar to Notre-Dame de Paris. The front is decorated with thousands of figures, among them you can see kings (Clovis, Dagobert, Rodolphe, Louis XIV).

As this part of Strasbourg is a pedestrian precinct, it is easy to walk around the cathedral. And then you can enjoy the small streets around without the noise of cars, only with the voices of tourists coming from the whole world.

A visit in June is different from one in December with thousands of people visiting the local Christmas Market.

In the cathedral, the organ is impressing, the rose window beautiful, but most people come to see the astronomical clock and its automata. Every quarter of an hour, there is a small movement on the clock and at half past midday the 12 apostles move when the cock crows three times.

The clock also shows the real position of the Sun and the Moon. 

Just near it, the Pillar of Angels is about the Last Judgement. 

It is situated at the end of Strasbourg cathedral, far from the entry and in a quite small space for all the tourists who want to see it. But it is worth a look.

After this visit, a good Alsatian lunch is appreciated before a boat trip on Ill River to admire Strasbourg parts from the water and to listen to the history of the town and the buildings.

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jean- pierre 14/06/2017 16:30

j'ai visité avec ma fille dans les années 1977 ,je suis monté par les escaliers en haut très belle vue .... peut t,on encore monter en haut ???? jp

Maryse 14/06/2017 18:35

Je pense que c'est encore possible, mais, comme nous faisions la visite avec un groupe, le temps était compté et nous sommes restés dans la nef en bas.

kay 12/06/2017 16:35

quite a history; do other churches have clocks or is this one unique? Weren't Germans known for their clocks or am I whacko. Have you been to the protestant one yet?

Maryse 15/06/2017 15:00

Non, il y a les barrières habituelles et les sacs sont fouillés comme partout maintenant.

jean-pierre 15/06/2017 13:46

Bonjour ; merci Maryse , dommage il y a une très belle vue de la haut .... vous n,avez pas eu trop de problèmes avec vigipirate maintenant ,,??? jp

Maryse 12/06/2017 18:16

There are other astronomical clocks in Europe but I don't think there is one in Germany. German regions are known for cuckoo cloks (in Black Forest for example). We went to St Thomas church after the visit of the cathedral and saw the mausoleum of Maurice de Saxe there, the explanation by the guide was really good.

kay 11/06/2017 22:22

As usual very interesting; Who owned Strasbourg when this was built and is it Catholic or something else

Maryse 11/06/2017 22:35

Strasbourg was part of the Holy Roman empire (Saint Empire romain germanique) when it was built, then it was French, German again, and French again. It was Catholic, then Protestant, then Catholic again. There is a big Protestant church in Strasbourg called Saint-Thomas church.