Photographer's Note

I'm afraid that I do not have any pictures of the façade of the Cathedral of Saint Gatien to show you as it was covered in scaffolding. I, therefore, present a picture of the interior that I hope you will like.

Some information about the cathedral from the Archiseek web site:

The magnificent St Gatien Cathedral in Tours was built between the 12th and 16th centuries in a medieval and later renaissance Gothic style. On the site of Roman Caesarodunum, St. Lidoire built the first church. Frankish and Romanesque churches followed, before the present cathedral was begun in the 13th century. The cathedral’s dominant features are the two elaborate spires on the west front. This main façade also has three ornate doorways into the main body of the church.

The fabulous soaring interior of the church leads the eye naturally and easily to the beautiful apse with its large stained glass windows. To the left hand side of the apse is a large stone area where the cathedral was damaged during the war. The northern transept is dominated by the massive organ.

Throughout the cathedral, the quality of the light streaming through its many windows gives the building an air of tranquillity and peace even when filled with tourists. Sunlight through the windows give the stonework a golden hue. In the opinion of this is one of the finest cathedrals in France for the impact of its twin spires and its soaring interior.

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Additional Photos by Stephen Nunney (snunney) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9099 W: 63 N: 25585] (113609)
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