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Tournai Cathedral: Overall side view, looking at an apsidal transept flanked by two towers

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posted on 2017-06-30, 00:00 authored by G. Massiot & cie
The transept arms, built in about the mid-12th century, have apsidal ends. The square towers that flank the transept arms reach a height of 83 meters.\u000a\u000aA UNESCO World Heritage Site granted because it is 'distinguished by a Romanesque nave of extraordinary dimensions, a wealth of sculpture on its capitals and a transept topped by five towers, all precursors of the Gothic style.' In 1243 Bishop Gautier de Marvis undertook to rebuild the choir. When the new work was consecrated in 1255, it still lacked vaults and flying buttresses. This is in a Gothic (Rayonnant) style as is the rose window.

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Our Lady of Flanders' Cathedral of Tournai

Date Created

1910-01-01

Date Modified

2017-06-30

Spatial Coverage

Tournai +50.6066+3.3888 Tournai, Wallonia, Belgium: Place de l'Evêché

Temporal Coverage

before or circa 1910

Cultural Context

['Romanesque', 'Gothic (Medieval)']

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To view the physical lantern slide, please contact the Architecture Library.

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