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"Walk Around the Cathedral St.-Andre" Top 5 Page for this destination Walking Tip by hquittner

Walking, Bordeaux: 6 reviews and 19 photos

  Approaching the North Transept Portal
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  • Approaching the North Transept Portal - Bordeaux
      Approaching the North Transept Portal
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  • The North Transept Portal - Bordeaux
      The North Transept Portal
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  • The North Side Royal Portal - Bordeaux
      The North Side Royal Portal
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  • South Transept Portal - Bordeaux
      South Transept Portal
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  • Apse View - Bordeaux
      Apse View
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The Cathedral of St.-Andre is both interesting and in many parts beautiful. In any other country but France, it would be in the first rank. It was built on Romanesque fragments in Gothic and Renaissance style from the 12 to the 15C, taking advantage of the best design elements as time progressed. Unlke most cathedrals, the focus is not on the west front which is quite plain. The church is usually encountered from the north and it is the North Transept portal which is met, flanked by two turrets with spires that are taller than its freestanding belfry. There are adornments of its jambs and tympanum that. This ensemble is used as the main door and even called the “West Front” in many guides (even Wikipedia). On the north side to the west (right) is another (closed) doorway into the nave called the Royal Portal which is 13C. Viollet-le-Duc restored this early Gothic masterpiece;the grime is a recent 20C addition. The South transept has a broad triumphal flat-topped portal. Finally in circling the church there is a tall and impressive chevet and a little off to the southeast the freestanding “Tour Pey-Berland”. ( We have given some of these elements are given separate Tips).

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  • Updated Mar 14, 2009
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