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    Cathedral of the Assumption of Our Lady

    • Clermont-Ferrand, France
    • Cathedral of the Assumption of Our Lady$$
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      Cathedral Notre Dame stands proudly in the heart of the city of Clermont-Ferrand. This is the central temple of the city and one of the main attractions. Predecessors grand Gothic cathedral had three more early Christian church, the oldest of which dates back to the V century. The building appears to gaze townspeople and tourists today, was built in the XII century.

      In 1248, Bishop Hugh de la Tour has initiated the construction of a new cathedral. So he sought to emphasize the power of the bishop of the city, as well as surpass the beauty of one of the most beautiful churches in the city. Resulting in Both of these ideas were implemented - construction came not only ambitious but also very interesting from an architectural standpoint. Unique Cathedral of the Assumption of the Mother of God makes it a building material - so-called "volviksky" stone. This dark mineral is of volcanic origin and is a unique material. Cathedral of Clermont-Ferane is the only structure whose walls are made of this stone.

      The interior of the cathedral dates back to the XIX century, when there is a new furniture, church belongings and body. The walls of the cathedral is decorated with an interesting collection of paintings XII-XV centuries, and stained-glass windows of the XIII century are among the most beautiful stained glass windows France. In the chapel, you can see the extant fragments of Gothic frescoes.

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