Cathédrale Notre-Dame Review
Constructed between 1150 and 1230, the Cathédrale Notre-Dame 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. 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. The majestic towers can be explored during guided visits; these depart from the tourist office, which occupies a 12th-century hospital on the cathedral square. Audio guides can be rented for €5.
- Address: Pl. du Parvis, Laon, 02000
- Cost: Tours €5
- Hours: Cathedral daily 8:30–6:30. Tours July–Aug., daily 11.30, 2:30, and 4; June and Sept.–Dec., Fri.–Sun. 11:30, 2:30, and 4
- Location: Laon