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 a nice harp player, while on the right is a very strange creature. I man with wings (?) pulling somthing out or pulling something out a dragon´s / snake´s mouth?

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Ann & Dirk
Ann & Dirk
Superb ! We are going to visit the cathedral very soon ;-)
3 years ago. Edited 3 years ago.
Sonja
Sonja
Again, the palace on top of (or behind?) the two mandorlas with the people inside is so pretty and realistic -- and looking roman empire style.....
3 years ago.
Philippe_28
Philippe_28
D'une grande finesse
2 years ago.