Where : Strasbourg Cathedral (Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg), Strasbourg, France
Once settled in Strasbourg, we immediately left our apartment to visit the city. This is when we tried to get the Batorama boat tour but it was full for the remainder of the day. As we recall, the ticket booth is relatively close to the Notre-Dame Cathedral which became our first tourist attraction. It had just started to rain, so this was the perfect shelter.
The Church immediately captures many people's attention with its rich details and splendid façade in a kind of gothic or medieval style. We recall it was free to enter but there was a 5 euro fee for those who wanted to get panoramic view from the top. We had just arrived, so we choose to focus to the details of the Church. There are many interesting points inside the cathedral, first the famous astronomical clock. According to Wikipedia, the clock was built in the 18's and is one of the largest in the world. The legend states that the creator had his eyes gouged out by the master after completing the creation. This was done to prevent him from reproducing it anywhere else. However, similar legends are told from other clocks around Europe, such as the astronomical clock in Prague.
We like legends but really hope no one got hurt for creating this masterpiece. Overall the clock is really beautiful and the details are amazing. All the rest of the church is also really breathtaking, the paintings, the artistic stained Glass and the very structure of the church. There are some small shop inside to buy some souvenirs if you have a budget for that.
Serge: 5 Eli: 5
Recommend: Yes, really beautiful church and inspired arts.
- If you have sometime to read a little about this church legends your visit it will be more interesting, can be even a quick reading at Wikipedia as we did.