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Cathédrale Notre-Dame

Cathédrale Notre-Dame Review

The Cathédrale Notre-Dame, constructed between 1150 and 1230, is a superb example of early Gothic. The light interior gives the impression of order and immense length, and the first flourishing of Gothic architecture is reflected in the harmony of the four-tier nave: from the bottom up, observe the wide arcades, the double windows of the tribune, the squat windows of the triforium, and, finally, the upper windows of the clerestory. The majestic towers can be explored during guided visits that leave from the tourist office, housed in a 12th-century hospital on the cathedral square. Medieval stained glass includes the rose window dedicated to the liberal arts in the left transept, and the windows in the flat east end, an unusual feature for France although common in England.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Pl. du Parvis, Laon, 02000
  • Cost: Guided tours €5, audio guide €4
  • Hours: Daily 8:30–6:30; guided tours July–Aug., daily 2:30 and 4, and June and Sept.–Dec., Fri.–Sun. 2:30 and 4
  • Location: Laon
Updated: 02-18-2013

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