La Cathédrale Saint-Jean Lyon Reviews
12th century Cathedral in Lyon Mar 02, 2016
This 12th century Roman Catholic cathedral took over 300 years to complete from 1165-1480. It was built on the site of a 6th century church. Originally it was Romanesque architecture, but eventually became a combination of Romanesque and Gothic due to the duration of construction. The main facade dates from the 14th century, including the large rosette measuring 8m in diameter. The main dimensions are 79m long, 26m wide, and 32m high to the main arch. It is, however, built in the shape of a Latin cross. This is not something one notices from ground level and it's only apparent when viewed from above.
In 1562, during the beginning of the French Wars of Religion (1562-1598), which was fought between French Catholics and Protestants (Huguenots), the cathedral was damaged by the Calvinist troops of Baron Adrets. Calvanism is a form of Protestant religion inspired by John Calvin (1509-1564). All the statues of saints in the niches of the facade and all the angels in the three portals were beheaded. There is more of the same damage during the French Revolution (1791-1793). History does repeat itself. This place was restored to its original glory in the early mid 19th century (1845-1861) and early 20th century century (1935-1936) and is how it appears today.
I did not have a chance to go inside this place as I visited at night, but looks worth checking out. Sometimes it is just called Lyon Cathedral and it is the seat of the Archbishop of Lyon. Cathedrals rank above minor Basilicas in an important way as I described in my review of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere. See that review here: (http://www.travbuddy.com/Basilique-Notre-Dame-de-Fourviere-v818916#299336). Enjoy some night shots of the place. Thanks to Bernard (Bernard69) for bringing me here for a night visit to take some photos.
Here's a website with some attractive photos and description (in French): http://www.patrimoine-lyon.org/index.php?lyon=la-cathedrale
Part of the Lyonescence Part Deux (Feb 26 - Mar 4, 2016) travel blog
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