Meaux Cathedral

Meaux, France

Meaux Cathedral construction began between 1175-1180, when a structure in Romanesque style was started. Defects in the original design and construction had to be corrected in the 13th century, in which the architect Gautier de Vainfroy was much involved. He had to remove the previous cathedral almost totally and start a new structure in Gothic style. In the later 13th century work was often interrupted due to lack of funds, a problem removed by the generosity of Charles IV in the early 14th century. Further progress was interrupted by the Hundred Years' War and occupation by the English.

The archives of the diocese were destroyed in 1793 – 1794, thus deleting much knowledge about the early history of the church. The composer Pierre Moulu worked at the cathedral in the early 16th century.

The design of the cathedral, because of its construction period, encompasses several periods of Gothic art. The cathedral rises to a height of 48 meters; inside, the vaults at the choir rise to 33 meters. The interior ornamentation is noted for its smoothness, and the space for its overall luminosity. The cathedral contains a famous organ, built in the 17th century.



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Founded: 1175-1180
Category: Religious sites in France
Historical period: Birth of Capetian dynasty (France)


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Corine Rouah (18 months ago)
Magnifique cathédrale, où règne la sérénité. les vitraux sont extraordinaires... A voir!
Joanna Wiktoria (20 months ago)
Bardzo piękna katedra pod względem architektonicznym, w środku jak i na zewnątrz robi ogromne wrażenie.
Vitalie Crudu (20 months ago)
Catedrală gotică tipică și un orășel Meaux ce te poartă cu gândul la Evul Mediu. Este la fel de plină de detalii și decoruri la fel ca restul marilor catedrale ale Franței, dar ferestrele mari o fac să fie mai luminoasă decât multe din acestea. Un loc mai puțin cunoscut, dar care te încarcă de istorie la doar 60 de kilometri de Paris.
Ewa M Golebiewska (2 years ago)
pure, classic, medieval history
Karim Larson (3 years ago)
Everybody should be able to visit the roof top, its amazing up there...
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