Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Cathédrale Saint-Étienne de Bourges - A visit

Vacation report 9 - Bourges, France

Time has really run away since we visited this impressive Cathédrale in Bourges, situated in the middle of France. Above you see it from outside, front part. And below the rear part.

The construction began in 1195 and was completed in two Phases 1195-1215 and 1220-1245. The Cathedral was build astride the ancient Gallo-Roman fortifications. It replaced a smaller, Romanesque edifice and it was dedicated on May 5, 1324. It's build with a gothic architecture, but not the mainstream style at the time.
If you think about the time this cathedral was build, I think you'll have a clue of how people were dedicated to their religion....
Dimensions of the main nave: Lenght 117 m (384 feet), width 41 m ( 135 f) and height 37 m ( 121 f). The cathedral was added to the list of the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 1992.

Let's go inside, ok?

The great oak organ casing was sculped in 1663. The current instrument was buildt in 1985. It has over 3500 pipes distributed over 50 registers which are operated by 4 manuals and a pedalier through an entirely mechanical transmission.

Look also for the astronomical clock in the nave, which commemorates the wedding of Charles VII and Marie d'Anjou here on April 22, 1422. It's the oldest still in use in France. Constructed by Jean Fusoris (1365 - 1436).
Inside you will find several Chapelles dedicated different Saints for people to pray and lit a candle as you can see on the left side. One more Chapelle below.

This is some details from Saint John, the Baptist, Chapelle.

Let me invite you to see some other of the fantastic, medieval stained-glass paintings (480 panels in total) in the Cathedral. Wordless. Just enjoy. And think about when they were made....

We stayed for one hour, before we went outside: Paulette, Claude and Anna.
I think I was there too, close by.

We were overwhelmed after the visit and sat down in the sunshine for a while.
Here you see me, Anna and Paulette. Photo taken by my old friend Claude.
After some minutes rest, we left for Sancerre (Post from last week).

More Vacation reports from France to come . . .

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Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

That is an extraordinary Cathedral...The Stained Glass Windows are so very very BEAUTIFUL! I am always in awe of these Great Great Buildings that were built so very long ago...! The incredible beauty of the inyerior had to be overwhelming...And The Organ...Oh My!!! FANTASTIC, Tor....Thanks for sharing all these pictures with us! I feel like I am right there, too!

October 06, 2009 8:41 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG that's just beautiful! Awesome photos of those stained glasses. It's just grandiose and awe inspiring. Very lovely!

October 06, 2009 9:08 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beatiful fotos of wonderful windows, great shots, Tor.I am exited.


October 06, 2009 9:37 pm  
Blogger S said...

You are having a wonderful time in your travels throughout the world. Some lovely pictures, thanks for sharing.

France is beautiful, I have not been back since 1979 though....
I think its time.

October 06, 2009 9:43 pm  
Blogger Living next to me said...

ja det var jo rene foredraget , flotte bilder , og en masse å lære. Morsom se deg utenfor ABC

October 07, 2009 8:53 pm  
Anonymous claudie said...

Your photos are marvelous, Tor! Middle age was a such time for all those cathedrals!!! You are in a town, here Bourges and just you enter in the magical building and you arrive in the spirituel world created since the Middle Age!!! I remember I was very impressed when I was visiting Notre Dame de Paris and arrived in front of Saint Louis reliques, his clothes. I just could imagined this old time with this king here! Les vitraux sont magnifiques! and I don't speak about the oak organ! I just wold want to hear it! Bravo for the wonderful report!

October 07, 2009 9:24 pm  
Blogger Monica said...

Så flotte bilder og informasjon :) En fantastisk katedral dette tydeligvis! med flotte, flotte utsmykninger :)
Likte veldig godt den astronomiske klokken! den var knallflott! Skal snart til Praha, og gleder meg til fotografering av nettopp katedraler og astronomiske klokker :)
Takk for koselig kommentar hos meg :)

October 08, 2009 12:15 am  
Blogger katztales said...

What an amazing place. Beautiful!

October 09, 2009 9:39 am  
Blogger Laura Goff Parham said...

Beautiful windows! Thanks for posting the photos.

I hope you enjoy your trip!
Laura Goff Parham

October 09, 2009 10:35 pm  
Anonymous Lifecruiser Travel Blog said...

I always feel so very tiny when in this kind of majestic, fantastic architectured buildings. And full of admiration. Compare that to todays simple buildings - bah!

October 10, 2009 11:28 pm  
Blogger Ginnie said...

Cathedrals like this just blow my mind, Tor. WOW!

October 13, 2009 8:17 pm  
Anonymous A. @ A Changing Life said...

I was in Bourges last April, just a little early for the trees and flowers. It's one of those places I'd like to visit again and again. So much to see. I'm jealous of your photos - they're much better than mine! :)

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