Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Laon Cathedral, Architecture And Glass

Laon, in Piccardy, northeast of Paris, is one of the great early Gothic cathedrals, transitional by description, but pretty fully Gothic, if you ask me. It was begun in 1155 and finished in the 1230s.
Laon Cathedral...with restaurant, tourists, TI,
and tourist train... 

The two west towers, with their menagerie of oxen, unicorns,
etc; there were to be seven towers, but "only" five actually
were built

The white stone is marvelous and permits all kinds of
coloration; we had the place pretty much to ourselves; you
can see you're off the beaten cathedral path when the gift
shoppe consists of a few postcards and a voluntary
payment system; anyhow, here is the knave view, great
light, even greater up toward the bow

Elevation; aisles, real galleries, triforia, smallish
clerestory windows; note the columns, more
like Romanesque...

View to the choir and bow, with great rose
window and three 13th century lancets


View abaft

Choir view

Alas, all the side chapels are walled-off, thus,
much diminishing the sense of size inside; a
later post-medieval innovation, one imagines

Beautiful bow rose window

The Becket window; he did some time here at
the cathedral school, under the protection of
the king of France, waiting to see how much
of a bribe the pope would require, and whether
Henry II could afford it

Birth of Jesus window; 13th century

Passion window; ditto

Jesus leaving the dinner at Emmaus

North aisle

Liberal arts window, north (port) transept


1 comment:

Tawana said...

That is a beautiful cathedral. We have not been there.