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Cathedral Lausanne

Cathedral Lausanne - Lausanne, Switzerland


HDR +2,0,-2 4 sec at f/11 ISO 100 8-16mm at 10mm


Used a Gorilla Pod (fathers day present) mini tripod to avoid problems with the tripod police, hence the low point of view.


As a spiritual stronghold of French-speaking Switzerland, Lausanne Cathedral enjoys international interest and importance. It was built in several stages, with the first builder beginning construction work in 1170 with an ambulatory, using Roman materials. Twenty years later, a second erected the present church; this took until 1215. From that point Jean Cotereel, the third builder, continued the work on the site by constructing the western section, giving it a porch and two towers, one with a belfry, the other one remained uncompleted.

It was only in 1275 that the cathedral was consecrated, by both Emperor Rudolph of Hapsburg and Pope Gregory X.

In 1536, during the Reformation, the cathedral underwent significant changes when a new liturgical area was built in the nave. Thereafter, it was restored a number of times in the 18th century and again in the 19th century under the leadership of the famous French architect Eugène-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc.

The cathedral has a highly significant multi-coloured interior. Dating back to the original construction, this design was covered over during the Reformation and then revealed at the beginning of the 20th century. The paintings are still visible in the Chapel of the Virgin as well as on the statues of the painted doorway, which is unique in all of Europe and has been completely restored since October 2007 (information: Lausanne Tourisme).

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Taken on June 19, 2012