Standing the Test of Time; The Rouen Cathedral

In Rouen, France, just a few blocks from the Great Clock of Rouen, is the Rouen Cathedral. This is a unique church in that it was built at various times, containing Early, High and Late gothic styles, as well as Renaissance style. Construction started 1202 and completed in 1880.

They should have nicknamed it Timex, as it has taken quite a licking, but keeps on ticking. It has been burned, bombed, vandalized, and struck by lighting, all more times than you can count. But yet it still stands and is quite a site to see. When we visited, it had scaffolding alongside it it for repairs of the limestone due to erosion. You can read more about it’s turbulent history here.

One little note, the cathedral was named the tallest building (the lantern tower with the cast iron spire of the 19th century) in the world (151 m) from 1876 to 1880.
 

In Rouen, France, close to the Great Clock of Rouen, is the Rouen Cathedral. This is a unique church in that it was built at various times. Construction ran from 1202 to1880. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

 

 

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One thought on “Standing the Test of Time; The Rouen Cathedral

  1. I like your different perspective here, Tim! You have shown the beauty of the cathedral and yet have minimized the distraction of the scaffolding.

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