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cathedrals

09 December 2009

1993 – Catedral de la Almudena, Madrid

Architect: Francisco de Cubas, Fernando Chueca Goitia & Carlos Sidro Carlos V was the first king to express an interest in constructing a cathedral in Madrid, but it wasn’t until 1883, when Alfonso...

03 December 2009

1298 – Catedral de Santa Creu i Santa Euhà lia, Barcelona

Construction began in 1298, during the bishopric of Bernat Pelegrí and the reign of King Jaume II, known as “the Just”. The work on the present-day façade of the Cathedral remained unfinished until...

01 December 2009

1330 – Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris

Sited on an island in the middle of the river Seine, the Cathedral of Notre Dame is an imposing Gothic building. Construction began in 1163 and continued until 1330. With its two towers...

30 November 2009

1886 – Selected Design, Liverpool Cathedral Competition

Architect: William Emerson William Emerson’s design for Liverpool Cathedral, which was submitted in competition with James Brookes and Bodley & Garner, was placed first, but was not built. The site was different from...

24 November 2009

1350c – St Gatien Cathedral, Tours, Indre-et-Loire, France

The magnificent St Gatien Cathedral was built between the 12th and 16th centuries in a medieval and later renaissance gothic. On the site of Roman Caesarodunum, St. Lidoire built the first church. Frankish...

23 November 2009

1220 – Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres, France

After the first cathedral of any great substance burnt down in 1020, a glorious new Romanesque basilica, which included a massive crypt, was built under the direction of Bishop Fulbert and later under...

23 November 2009

1215 – Notre-Dame of Laon, Aisne, France

The cathedral of Notre-Dame of Laon dates from the 12th and early 13th centuries. The former cathedral burned during the communal insurrection in 1112, occasioned by the revocation of the commune’s charter. The...

23 November 2009

1290 – Notre-Dame de Reims, Rheims, Champagne-Ardenne, France

The Notre-Dame de Reims is the Cathedral of Reims, where the kings of France were once crowned. It replaces an older church, which was destroyed by a fire in 1211 and built on...

23 November 2009

1077 – Bayeux Cathedral, Basse-Normandie, France

Bayeux is best known to British and French visitors for the Bayeux tapestry, made to commemorate the Norman conquest of England in 1066. It is displayed in a museum in the town centre....

13 November 2009

1779 – Christchurch Cathedral, Waterford

Architect: John Roberts Designed by local architect John Roberts, this is one of the architectural gems of Waterford. In 1773 the old Norman Gothic Cathedral was demolished after pressure was brought on the...