You can't get a good sense of how large this building is from my previous post, but this picture should do. It is truly massive, towering above the rooftops of the old town. The intricate gothic front of the medieval cathedral is literally a mountain of carved stone.
"Above all, the famous west front, decorated with thousands of figures, is a masterpiece of the Gothic era. The tower is one of the first to rely substantially on craftsmanship, with the final appearance being one with a high degree of linearity captured in stone. While previous façades were certainly drawn prior to construction, Strasbourg has one of the earliest façades whose construction is inconceivable without prior drawing. Strasbourg and Cologne Cathedral together represent some of the earliest uses of architectural drawing. The work of Professor Robert O. Bork of the University of Iowa suggests that the design of the Strasbourg facade, while seeming almost random in its complexity, can be constructed using a series of rotated octagons.
The north tower, completed in 1439, was the world's tallest building from 1647 (when the spire of St. Mary's church, Stralsund burnt down) until 1874 (when the tower of St. Nikolai's Church in Hamburg was completed). The planned south tower was never built and as a result, with its characteristic asymmetrical form, the Strasbourg cathedral is now the premier landmark of Alsace. One can see 30 kilometers from the observation level, which provides a view of the Rhine banks from the Vosges all the way to the Black Forest. The tower as it can be seen is the combined work of architects Ulrich Ensingen (square shaft) and Johannes Hültz of Cologne (octagonal top). Ensingen worked on the Cathedral from 1399 to 1419, and Hültz from 1419 to 1439." (Wikipedia)
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BennyV (13058) 2010-12-16 12:13
This is a fine shot to complement your previous upload, Michael. Here the focus is not on the fine craftmanship of the facade, but with this pov you show the cathedral as an impressively big piece of rock...massive and impressive.
Again the bl/w is a great choice in this kind of architecture shot and I love the people walking at the bottom of the frame to provide a sense of scale.
giorgimer (34646) 2010-12-16 13:17
I dedicated a post to the 'size' of this monument, good capture