NOTRE-DAME CATHEDRAL OF LAUSANNE
Petit Futé's opinion on NOTRE-DAME CATHEDRAL OF LAUSANNE
Imposing, impressive. And from the forecourt, the view of the whole city is just as impressive.
Inaugurated in 1275, in the presence of Pope Gregory X and Emperor Rodolphe of Habsburg, Gothic style cathedral is built on the hill of the ancient medieval city. This is the third church built on this site. Bells ring the hours bringing a warm touch to the neighborhood.
When you head to the entrance from the Café de l 'Évêché, you will see, right after the stained glass, the traces of a door (stone arch) around a current window. It is an old passage because the cathedral was then opened and the horse cars crossed it.
At the beginning of the sixteenth century, Bishop Aymon de Montfalcon made this passage boulder and pierced a new entry. The one you can see now is a copy because, over time, molasses statues have damaged (some are exposed inside and you will see their degradation) and have been replaced by known public figures such as the French architect Viollet-le-Duc, who took part in the restoration of the cathedral and ended up in s install in Lausanne. At that time, the entrance had no door and the statue of the Virgin could be seen, surrounded by King Solomon and the Queen of Saba, whose head was cut off at the time of the Reform.
In 1536, with the arrival of the Bernois and the adoption of the Reform, the cathedral was devoted to Protestant worship. Statues disappear and the painted decorations are covered with a gray paint, which has preserved very beautiful polychromies, exposed at the beginning of the twentieth century and protected by a stained glass since 2007.
Finally, the rosace of 9 m in diameter, visible on the southern cone of transeven, is among the masterpieces of the European artistic heritage. The stained glass windows express the medieval vision of the world by proposing around the figure of the Creator God the various themes of earth and sea, the air and fire, the seasons and months of the year, the signs of the zodiac and monsters at the ends of the universe…
The new oranges, inaugurated in 2003, form a unique instrument in the world through their design (thanks to the American manufacturer Fisk and the Italian designer Giugiaro), their musical characteristics (classical and symphonic styles French, Baroque and romantic German) and their dimensions (almost 7,000 pipes, 40 tons, 150,000 0 hours of work for their realization).
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The building is open from 9am to 5.30pm from October to the end of March and until 7pm from April to the end of September.
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