Martin M. Miles

Martin M. Miles

Posted on 05/25/2014


Photo taken on August  1, 2013



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Bourges Cathedral

Bourges Cathedral
Late afternoon sun in Bourges. The "Cathédrale Saint-Étienne de Bourges" was erected as a replacement for a 11th-century structure. The construction started probably in the last quarter of the 12th century, around the same time, when the builders and bricklayers started in Chartres. The choir of the cathedral was in use by 1214, the nave was finished 1255. The cathedral was consecrated in 1324.

The western facade was finished by 1270. It is very wide (42m), as the four side aisles and central nave each have their own portal. This is the tympanum of the center-portal, the largest and most ornate and sophisticated one.

The "Last Judgment", a popular theme already on Romanesque churches (eg Conques, Autun, Moissac, Sangüesa) is seen on the tympanum in a delicate Gothic style.

Here is a details of the middle level´s left side.

Ugly devils throw the souls into the hellmouth, but on top of the mouth stands a large boiler. Seem the hell only accepts them cooked. The two devils on the sides use bellows. The devil to the right has a second face, yes some may call this a ...../Sorry!

Since 1992 the cathedral is a "UNESCO World Heritage Site".

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Philippe_28
Les grandes peurs du Moyen-Age
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