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



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.

A 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.


Attribute NameValues
Alternate Title
  • Our Lady of Flanders’ Cathedral of Tournai

  • G. Massiot & cie

  • Cathedrals

  • Architecture

Date Created
  • 1910-01-01

Date Digitized
  • 2007-01-01

Cultural Context
  • Romanesque

  • Gothic (Medieval)

Place of Creation
  • Tournai

  • +50.6066+3.3888

  • Tournai, Wallonia, Belgium: Place de l'Evêché

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Member of
Temporal Coverage
  • before or circa 1910

Record Visibility Public
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