I assure you that on the trip to Switzerland lately mentioned I did do some things other than visit cathedrals, that wasn’t even all the medievalist things I did, but it certainly did result in the best photos. On this occasion the destination was Lausanne, a short and pleasant trip up the railway line from Geneva through country thick with vines, and the main medieval presence there is the cathedral of Notre Dame. This, the web tells me, is regarded as the finest Gothic cathedral in Switzerland; I don’t know how tough that competition is, but it is pretty lovely. Since Gothic is not my period, however, I have no big historical or museological arguments to make this time. Just, look at it…
The building was, the web tells me, started around 1170, continud till 1215 and then let hang for a while; more work was undertaken in the period after 1225, but the second tower was never put on. Work is still going on, however, so never say never! (Nevers is a different cathedral anyway.)
Where the oldest fabric is, though, a motif of stripes and twisted-rope effects is very frequent.
The stained glass and the sunshine cause occasional irresistible photo opportunities. I’m delighted by how this came out.
Now for some structure!
There is a chapel out to one side of the main structure which I want to say was dedicated to the Maccabees, but surely not every angular chapel in a cathedral can be…
And, as one of the shots above implies, you can get into the tower, and this is a good idea even if you don’t, as had we, a solemn gesa laid upon us to climb any stairs that were offered in the name of tourism.
As you can see, it is firstly well worth the visit and secondly quite large. So let me close with a small thing, just to prevent my photos being basically the same as any on Wikimedia Commons already…
Great photos. I like the wild boar looking through the bodiless legs.
It’s not illegal, its against regulations. That’s different. Although possibly even more important to the Swiss.
Also lac léman would like its accent acute back if you wish to be friends.
Please send it my apologies! Now fixed.
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