Strasbourg Cathedral

A visit to Strasbourg and the great Cathedral is well worth it if you are in eastern France, southwest Germany or Switzerland.  I visited the Cathedral in 2015 and found it to be a unique piece of Gothic Architecture.  The first thing you notice is the very tall, but off center tower.  It was the…

Tall Tower

On a recent trip to Europe we spent 3 days in the Lauterbrunnen Valley in Switzerland.  This valley was an inspiration that J.R.R. Tolkien took for Rivendell. What about the two towers in Lord of the Rings?  Could the Ulm Minster steeple have been and inspiration for Tolkien?  I can’t find any evidence of this,…

A Hidden Gem

Over the years I have collected around 50 books on Gothic Cathedral’s.  As you go through those books you become familiar with the early Gothic Cathedral’s like St. Denis north of Paris, and Laon Cathedral.  Then onto the big later Gothic Cathedral’s like Chartres, Amiens, and Beauvais among many others.  But I don’t recall much…

Amiens Cathedral

My first post on Cathedrals has to be of the great cathedral in Amiens France.  I have visited the Cathedral 4 times in my life: 1961, 1998, 2002, 2015.  The first visit really doesn’t count as I was around 3 years old and living in Europe with my parents as my father was in the…