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A details on the west face of Saint Pierre and Saint Paul (St Peter and St Paul) cathedral of Nantes on a later winter afternoon light. The cathedral was built from 1434 with support by duke Jean 5th of Brittany (Nantes was the capital of indepdendant Brittany at that time). The central gate you can see on the photo was achieved in 1481, but it took a lot of time to finish the whole cathedral : the works lasted until 1891, so it took close to 5 centuries to build the cathedral ! The cathedral was filed as historical monument in 1862 ! Anyway, because of pollution and lack of maintenance, after a huge fire destroyed the roof of the cathedral on january 18th 1972, a big restoration program had to be planned. This plan is far from end, but the west face of the cathedral (the part you can see on the photo) was finished in september 2008. It gave back to the west side of the cathedral the aspect it had in 15th century.

The cathedral dimensions :
- Height : 63 m (192 ft)
- Interior length : 103 m (335 ft)
- Height of nave : 37.5 m (114 ft)

I made some little post processing in Photoshop Elements to rectifiy vertical lines.

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