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 northern (side) portal. Like the southern one (previous uploads) it is Romanesque and 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 the mutilated tympanum of the southern side portal. The Virgin and Child in the center, flanked by angels. I could not find out, what the scenery near the right angel stands for. Are there waves? Below on the left side the "Adoration of the Magi" and the "Visitation" on the right.

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Sonja
Sonja
The hollowed carvings of the buildings on those potrals are all great, this temple-like canopy roof as well as the houses shown as backrop setting in pillars. That carver had a lot of understanding of details in open classic facades not so often seen anywhere in romanesque buildings.
3 years ago.
Martin M. Miles
Martin M. Miles
I have the impression that these architectural models are not noticed so far by the academic world. These "ideal models" are for sure interesting subjects to study
3 years ago.