Our Lady of Strasbourg

© Jean B. Hall

Our Lady of Strasbourg

Uploaded: October 18, 2008


Mary and the Baby Jesus gaze at the tower of Strasbourg Cathedral. Built between the 11th and 15th century of red sandstone from the nearby Vosges Mountains, it is the only Gothic cathedral to have only one tower. (Two were planned, but the second was never completed due to lack of money – even though the whole city chipped in and the organizer of the project actually sold his horse to raise funds!)

For almost 250 years – from 1625 to 1874 – this was the world’s tallest building, and it remains the world’s fourth tallest church even today. During the French Revolution, it was ordered destroyed because of the anti-religious sentiment of the time. But it was saved thanks to a clever blacksmith, who devised a scheme to build a gigantic Phrygian hat (a revolutionary symbol) out of metal and place it over the tower to hide the cross on top.


Dominick M. Dimacale level-addict October 18, 2008

Great image here, Jean.

Dominick #1018553

Lynne Morris October 18, 2008

Beautiful capture of this wonderful building Jean, and thanks for the history behind it. #6617677

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna October 18, 2008

Awesome image and story, Jean!!!!! ♫ k #6618753

Jean B. Hall October 18, 2008

Thanks very much for your kind words, Dominick, Lynne, and Kitty! #6618795

KARU WIJESUNDARA. A.N.P.A.S. October 18, 2008


KARU. #6620707

Stefania Barbier level-addict October 18, 2008

lovely comp and capture.... #6620833

Jean B. Hall October 19, 2008

Thank you so much, Karu and Stefania. I was really pleased with how this came out after cropping. #6621195

Tommy E. Burgess October 19, 2008

Very beautiful capture Jean! #6624643

Jean B. Hall October 20, 2008

Thanks very much, Tommy. I appreciate your taking a look -- and your supportive words. #6625150

Chastity Abbott October 23, 2008

Very beautiful image! your details and colors are beautiful as the sky!! Wonderful work! #6648495

Jean B. Hall October 23, 2008

Thank you so much, Chastity! #6648547

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