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Cathedral Notre-Dame de l’Assomption in Rouen

This is also a gothic cathedral .

I was kind of surprised of the bad shape of this cathedral. Many figurines, usally standing outside in the fasade or on the roof, were lined up inside. Each with a note, where its usual place is. They were in extremly bad shape. You already saw photos of gargoyles damaged by erosion and the aicd rain, but these figurines looked worse.

You know, each romanic or gothic cathedral has wonderful colorful glass windows. But here were only very few of them. Nearly all windows at the sides and also those, not in the primary direction on view, were of milky glass instead of colorful glass. Also, parts of the entrance side were covered by scaffolds and canvas for fasade reconstructions. It seemed to me, we were in the late 1940s or 1950s, when some (many) of the war reconstructions were not already done. But it is 2012 and the last war is over for 67 years. What have they done all the years? OK, I saw a few bullet holes in the fascade of the palace of justice, but no other damages at the houses. Everything was well repaired and the spirit of the old houses is conserved. Only the cathedral was in such a bad condition. I know, such an old cathedral is constantly under reconstruction, but here it was/is worse.

Nevertheless, the cathedral was no only bad and I want to show you some of the interiour.

There is much more to say, but I will put it in my next post. So stay tuned. In in meantime you can have al look at my last posts.

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