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Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg

While when many hear the name Notre Dame, minds instantly travel to the streets of Paris, however, just two hours north in Strasbourg there is another exquisite Notre Dame site to be enjoyed, Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg. Strasbourg Cathedral or the Cathedral of Our Lady of Strasbourg is a Catholic cathedral in Strasbourg, Alsace, France. Although considerable parts of it are still in Romanesque architecture, it is widely considered to be among the finest examples of Rayonnant Gothic architecture.

Architect Erwin von Steinbach is credited for major contributions from 1277 to his death in 1318, and beyond through his son Johannes von Steinbach, and his grandson Gerlach von Steinbach, who succeeded him as chief architect. The construction of the cathedral, which had started in the year 1015 and had been relaunched in 1190, was finished in 1439. At 142 metres (466 feet), Strasbourg Cathedral was the world’s tallest building from 1647 to 1874 (227 years), when it was surpassed by St. Nikolai’s Church, Hamburg.

Today it is the sixth-tallest church in the world and the highest still standing extant structure built entirely in the Middle Ages. 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. In 1988, the Strasbourg Cathedral was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List along with the historic centre of the city (called the “Grande Île”) because of its outstanding Gothic architecture.

Photo credit Cathedral on river: Lucile Noiriel on Unsplash

Read what others share about their experience

  • Animesh Kumar
    3 weeks ago
    Absolutely mind blowing, when you try to see the height of this cathedral. Really really enormous...
  • Charles Lee
    a week ago
    Nice cathedral in Strousburg. It doesn't compare to the cathedral in Cologne but with each town or...
  • One of the beautiful gothic Romanesque church; looks majestic during the day and magnificent at...
  • domas semenauskas
    3 months ago
    Exceptional views, beautiful architecture, in my eyes it is a must to visit during your stay in...
  • Andre Gerspach
    2 weeks ago
    I was quite awestruck at how beautiful the city was overall. I really wish I had spent more time in...

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