Cathedral of Notre-Dame
- Place de la Cathédrale
- 67000 Strasbourg
- Phone:+33 (0)3 88 21 43 34
Photo credits: CC-Flickr/edwin.11
Strasbourg’s lacy, almost fragile-looking Gothic cathedral is one of the marvels of European architecture. The west façade, most impressive, was completed in 1284, but the 142m spire was not in place until 1439; its southern companion was never built. The cathedral served as a Protestant church from 1521 to 1681. On a sunny day, the 12th to 14th century stained-glass windows shine like jewels. The colourful, gilded organ case on the northern side dates from the 14th century, while the 30m-high Gothic and Renaissance contraption just inside the southern entrance is the astronomical clock, a late 16th-century clock that strikes solar noon every day at 12.30pm.