Photographer's Note

For my last photo from France for a while I chose the view of the cathedral of Tours. I am mad about the Gothic cathedrals so I was delighted in France to see some of them.
he cathedral of Tours, dedicated to Saint Gatien, its canonized first bishop, was begun about 1170 to replace the cathedral that was burnt out in 1166, during the dispute between Louis VII of France and Henry II of England. The lowermost stages of the western towers belong to the 12th century, but the rest of the west end is in the profusely detailed Flamboyant Gothic of the 15th century, completed just as the Renaissance was affecting the patrons who planned the châteaux of Touraine.
The atmosphere of the Gothic cathedral close permeates Honoré de Balzac's dark short novel of jealousy and provincial intrigues, Le Curé de Tours (The Curate of Tours) and his medieval story Maitre Cornélius opens within the cathedral itself.

But what I found amazing about this cathedral. See the two towers. They are different and i have the impression that the one on the right side is looking at me and the other is surprised. it is my imagination, but I find it funny, and you?
Tours is famous for St. Martin, who is buried there.

he inhabitants of Tours (Les Tourangeaux) are renowned for speaking the "purest" form of French in the entire country. The pronunciation of Touraine is traditionally regarded as the most standard pronunciation of the French language, supposedly devoid of any perceived accent (unlike that of most other regions of France, including Paris). Well, I do not speak French, I can't tell.

big photo
the portal
the whole cathedral

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