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"Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, 16 July 2016

332 steps up the Strasbourg Cathedral

Last week I took my two daughters to visit family in Alsace, France.

On Saturday we took a day trip to Strasbourg, to show the girls the old town and cathedral.

The cathedral of Strasbourg was described by Victor Hugo as a "gigantic and delicate marvel". For 227  years ( till 1874 ), it was the tallest building in the world .

There is a winding staircase that will take you to a platform on the top of the cathedral where you can see the rooftops of old Strasbourg, on clear days you might even be able to see as far as the Vosges and Black Forest in Germany.

With 332 steps along a spiral medieval stairway, tight corridors, and only bars on the opening and window the climb up to the platform gives you a feeling of awe and respect for the skills and determination of  the craftmens who built this amazing sandstone structure over the course of 400 years.

Don't go up too fast, stop and look along the way at the details and ornaments that are unseen from the ground level.

Strasbourg cathedral

The winding stairway

Many details to see along the way.

Emilie on the platform.

Rooftops of Strasbourg

Visitors have been carving and writing their names, and date for 100's of years.

Lot's of windows along the descending staircase.
Another view of the cathedral from a side street.... while I would like the shops and tourist to just disappear at times, it is important to remember that his is how the cathedral must have always looked. Surrounded by businesses, people, processions and activities.

1 comment:

  1. Gorgeous pics! That stairway looks a little tight though...eep!