Cathedral sparkles on 1000th birthday

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Cathedral sparkles on 1000th birthday

connexionfrance.com

Strasbourg is marking the 1000th anniversary of the foundation of its spectacular cathedral with an equally spectacular lightshow that reveals its lace-like stonework in all its glory.

Starting at nightfall each night this month and until September 20, the son et lumière is a moving display of Strasbourg Cathedral’s history and reveals how it has looked through the ages, with laser brightly painting the statues and pinpointing the lacy stone.

Designed by lightshow specialists Skertzò, the show is on the west and south facades, revealing two different scenes while highlighting the enormous proportions of the building and animating the statues.

The south facade overlooking Place du Chateau becomes a living canvas for a bright and striking moving historical tableau that transforms minute by minute.

A still view of the the west facade on Place de la Cathédrale shows it painted in a myriad of colours as Skertzò’s lightshow gives the illusion that the colour that once adorned the sculptures has reappeared in the dark. This is especially striking on the ‘harp strings’ adorning the front.

Officially the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg, it is France’s second-most visited cathedral after Notre-Dame in Paris and is one of the most beautiful gothic cathedrals in Europe.

Goethe said: “The more I contemplate the façade of the cathedral, the more I am convinced of my first impression that its loftiness is linked to beauty”.

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 14:19
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