Martin M. Miles

Martin M. Miles

Posted on 05/26/2014


Photo taken on August  1, 2013



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Bourges Cathedral

Bourges Cathedral
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.

There are even two more portals, older ones. Here is the southern (side) portal. It is Romanesque, probably created around 1150/60). It was once part of the Romanesque cathedral, that got demolished and was replaced end of the 12th century, by the structure seen today.

Here is a detail of that portal. On the left side is Samson, tearing the lion apart. To the right a knight fighting a dragon. The knight seems in a pretty helpless situation, but he just spears the dragon from below the shield. Saint George!

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Philippe_28
Philippe_28
Magnifiques détails
2 years ago.