Famous cathedrals as seen and described by great writers by Esther Singleton

Famous cathedrals as seen and described by great writers

byEsther Singleton

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1909 Excerpt: ... REIMS CATHEDRAL AUGUSTUS J. C. HARE THE town of Reims till recently one of the most picturesque in France, is now intersected by wide and handsome streets, in the style of Parisian boulevards which give it quite another character. There are many who will deplore the change to the straight lines and featureless character of the present approach from the quaint street which formerly led to the west front of the Cathedral. The magnificent Cathedral of Notre Dame, which has undergone complete restoration under Viollet-le-Duc, is one of the finest buildings in the Christian world. Henri Martin writes: "This prodigy of magnificence with its army of five thousand statues which flashes in the rays of the setting sun the resplendent windows of its pierced facade like a wall of sparkling jewels." "Unlike most cathedrals," says Michelet, "this is complete. Rich, transparent and highly adorned in her colossal coquetry she seems to be awaiting a festival and is not disturbed because it does not take place. Charged and overcharged with sculptures and covered more than any other cathedral with sacerdotal emblems, she symbolizes the union of king and priest. On the exterior rails of the transept the devils romp and play: they slide down the sharp inclines; and they make faces at the town and the people that are pilloried at the foot of the Angels' Tower." The little basilica where S. Remi baptized Clovis was replaced in the Ninth Century by a church which was built in 1211, and in the following year Archbishop Alberic Humbert began to raise a new cathedral upon a gigantic scale; he pushed the work with such vigour that it was finished in 1242. The wonderful unity of the architecture attests the rapidity of the work. The architects employed were Bernard de Soissons, Gauthie...

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Title:Famous cathedrals as seen and described by great writersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:82 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.17 inPublished:February 6, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217211224

ISBN - 13:9780217211222

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