"Favourite European Churches- La Dome, Strasbourg" Top 5 Page for this destination Europe Things to Do Tip by Maryimelda
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Everything in Strasbourg starts and finishes at the cathedral (la Dome) or so it seems to the visitor. When I arrived in la place de la Cathedrale, there was a lot happening that day. Dozens of police were spread around every doorway to stop the public from entering. There was a huge media presence with several outside broadcast vans in attendance and even 3 fire crews. Obviously something big was on, so I decided to do the Batorama cruise first to get my Strasbourg bearings. Finally got into the Cathedral just in time to watch and listen to the astronomical clock as it chimed 2.00pm. I have seen many, many European Cathedrals, but this one I found to be very, very special. I even bought the book (which I rarely do) and the evolution of this brilliant building over several centuries is a truly interesting story.
Probably the most popular feature of the inside of the Dome is the Astronomical Clock, the original of which dates back as far as the 13th century. It was designed and built by a veritable army of scientists, mathematicians, artists and the like. Sadly it ceased to function at the beginning of the 16th century and it was not until the mid 19th century that the mechanism was replaced. The clock depicts the passage of time as it relates to human life from childhood, through adolescence and adulthood to old age.
The interior of the cathedral is a wonderland of beauty and majesty. Another of those places where I was taken aback and stood in awe of what I was seeing. During the second world war, the stained glass was removed and stored away for safety from the bombings. It's all back in place now and a true sight to behold.
Photo 3 shows the Astronomical Clock beside the Pillar of Angels.
Address: la place de la Cathedrale, Strasbourg
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