The Strasbourg Cathedral is a Roman Catholic Cathedral located in Strasbourg, France. Also known as the Cathedral of Our Lady of Strasbourg, the cathedral is known for its characteristic pink hue. It is also considered as one of the prime examples of late Gothic architecture, despite some parts of it remain in the Romanesque architectural style.
Strasbourg Cathedral History
The site of the Strasbourg Cathedral has already been used for several other religious buildings. The first cathedral was said to have been erected by bishop St. Arbogast sometime at the end of the 7th Century. It was followed by succeeding cathedrals that were built over the centuries since.
The current cathedral was first built sometime in 1176 and followed the Romanesque style. But it eventually changed to Gothic architectural style on the suggestion from the masters coming from Chartres. The cathedral was a product of several architects over the years. It’s overall structure was finished around 1439.
Strasbourg Cathedral Features
The Strasbourg Cathedral is a mix of Romanesque and Gothic architecture, the latter style being the more dominant feature. It stands 142 meters tall and was considered as the world’s tallest building from 1647 to 1874. It is currently the sixth tallest church in the world. The cathedral also stretches 112 meters long with a total interior length of 103 meters.
Aside from various statues and other religious icons found inside the church, the Strasbourg Cathedral also houses an 18-meter astronomical clock, considered as one of the largest of such clocks in the world. The clock is known to indicate unusually accurate astronomical data such as leap years, equinoxes and other similar information.