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Next to the Bishops Palace, the cathedral, which one can see from more than 30 km away in the plain, is said to be one of the best examples of ?Radiant Gothic? architecture. I guess this is because of its general outside aspect, where indeed, when you walk around you are not sure you walk along a short or a long side. . . . You will notice thet the nave is shorter than its ?width? (usually the nave is in the ?long direction, no?). Of course, the buttresses are underlining the radiant style, with their disposition.
To enter the cathedral, you have to go through a small side door (picture 1; the streets around are narrow, and it is not possible to have an overview of the building, and from the streets you have to look up to catch a bit of the building (picture 2), except from the North East corner, where the view is open; there you see that this cathedral has in fact never been finished (picture 3). Building began in 1272 and had been stopped almost definitely in 1355, following a raid on Narbonne by the Black Prince, Edward of Woodstock, during the hundred years war.
A bit of gothic style can be seen from the Bishops Garden (picture 4), with open buttresses, statues, high carved windows. . . .
The best views and perspectives of this cathedral are in fact from the arcade streets of the bishops palace (picture 5), with the high towers in the sky.
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