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Bourges Cathedral

Bourges Cathedral: The Cathedral of St. Étienne of Bourges is located in Bourges, a city just outside the Loire Valley, was a Romanesque cathedral built in the 11th century. A century later, the cathedral was rebuilt in the Gothic style. Bourges Cathedral is the broadest of the Gothic cathedrals in France. The main phase of construction of the Gothic Bourges Cathedral is roughly in the same period as Chartres Cathedral. Bourges Cathedral has no transepts, which forms the cross-shape of most churches, the cathedral has five naves. Each of the naves has its own sculpted portal on the west façade. The Notre-Dame in Paris also has five naves, but only three portals on the façade. The north tower of Bourges Cathedral crashed down in 1506, it was rebuilt in 1542, it is known as the Tour de Beurre (Butter Tower). The south tower of Bourges Cathedral had structural problems, it has never been able to carry bells, it is a so called 'deaf tower'. The cathedral was built on the site of a place of worship since the 3th century, the cathedral is located along the Route of Santiago de Compostela. Bourges Cathedral gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1992.

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Bourges Cathedral - Bourges Cathedral: Some of the most beautiful gargoyles of the cathedral. The gargoyles were intended to protect the cathedral from evil spirits....

Bourges Cathedral: Some of the most beautiful gargoyles of the cathedral. The gargoyles were intended to protect the cathedral from evil spirits. The cathedral is dedicated to Saint Stephen. The cathedral is notable for its harmonious design, the quality of the sculptures and above all the stained glass windows. Bourges Cathedral was declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 1992.

  1. Bourges Cathedral - Bourges Cathedral: Some of the most beautiful gargoyles of the cathedral. The gargoyles were intended to protect the cathedral from evil spirits....

    Bourges Cathedral: Some of the most beautiful gargoyles of the cathedral. The gargoyles were intended to protect the cathedral from evil spirits. The cathedral is dedicated to Saint Stephen. The cathedral is notable for its harmonious design, the quality of the sculptures and above all the stained glass windows. Bourges Cathedral was declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 1992.

  2. Bourges Cathedral - Bourges Cathedral: The five portals on the west façade. The cathedral has no transepts, which forms the cross-shape of most Christian...

    Bourges Cathedral: The five portals on the west façade. The cathedral has no transepts, which forms the cross-shape of most Christian churches. Bourges Cathedral has five naves, this form gives the cathedral an unique appearance, both inside and outside. Each of the naves has its own sculpted portal on the west façade.

  3. Bourges Cathedral - Bourges Cathedral: The rose window of the West Façade is called the 'Grand Housteau'. Bourges Cathedral is famous for...

    Bourges Cathedral: The rose window of the West Façade is called the 'Grand Housteau'. Bourges Cathedral is famous for its 13th century stained glass windows. The main phase of construction of the Gothic cathedral is roughly in the same period as Chartres Cathedral. Bourges Cathedral is a pilgrimage destination since the 3th century.

  4. Bourges Cathedral - Bourges Cathedral: The interior is illuminated by 13th century stained glass windows. Bourges Cathedral retains almost all its original stained...

    Bourges Cathedral: The interior is illuminated by 13th century stained glass windows. Bourges Cathedral retains almost all its original stained glass windows, dating around 1215. Most of the people during the Middle Ages could not read, stained glass windows, paintings and statues did illustrate the Bible stories and helped people to understand the Bible.

  5. Bourges Cathedral - Bourges Cathedral: The stained glass windows of Bourges Cathedral belong to the finest and most extensive collections of stained glass in France....

    Bourges Cathedral: The stained glass windows of Bourges Cathedral belong to the finest and most extensive collections of stained glass in France. Bourges Cathedral is situated in Bourges, a historic town nearby the Loire Valley. Bourges Cathedral gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1992.

  6. Bourges Cathedral - Bourges Cathedral: The cathedral is a masterpiece of Gothic art. The cathedral is renowned for the 'lux continua' style, the...

    Bourges Cathedral: The cathedral is a masterpiece of Gothic art. The cathedral is renowned for the 'lux continua' style, the continuous unbroken stream of light. The 13th century stained glass windows illuminates the cathedral by this continuous unbroken stream of light. The cathedral was built in the Romanesque style the 11th century and later rebuilt in the Gothic style.

  7. Bourges Cathedral - Bourges Cathedral: The tympanum on the central west portal depicts the Last Judgment, the portal is also known as the Royal Portal, it is the...

    Bourges Cathedral: The tympanum on the central west portal depicts the Last Judgment, the portal is also known as the Royal Portal, it is the largest of the five portals. On the pillar between the doors is the statue of Christ the Teacher standing on a lion and dragon. Bourges Cathedral is the widest of the Gothic cathedrals in France.

  8. Bourges Cathedral - Bourges Cathedral: The north portal has still its original oak doors, carved in the 15th century. The tympanum depicts: at the centre framed by...

    Bourges Cathedral: The north portal has still its original oak doors, carved in the 15th century. The tympanum depicts: at the centre framed by two adoring angels, the Virgin and Jesus, to the right hand the Annunciation and the Visitation, to the left hand the Adoration of the Wise Men. The columns are decorated with female figures, probably queens from the Old Testament.

  9. Bourges Cathedral - Bourges Cathedral: The north tower collapsed in 1506 and was rebuilt in 1542. The tower is also known as the Butter Tower, because...

    Bourges Cathedral: The north tower collapsed in 1506 and was rebuilt in 1542. The tower is also known as the Butter Tower, because it was built with money that people paid for indulgences to eat butter during Lent. It was against the rules of the church to eat butter during Lent. Rouen Cathedral has a similar Butter Tower.

  10. Bourges Cathedral - Bourges Cathedral: The central nave rises up to an amazing height. In the nave is a huge wheel chandelier hanging down from the vaulted ceiling....

    Bourges Cathedral: The central nave rises up to an amazing height. In the nave is a huge wheel chandelier hanging down from the vaulted ceiling. The intense colours of the medieval stained glass windows, dominated by green, red and blue, gives the cathedral a brilliant and dazzling glow. Bourges Cathedral gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1992.