Notre Dame Cathedral, Tournai, Belgium

The Notre Dame Cathedral of Tournai is UNESCO World Heritage site. It survived the heavy bombing in WW 2, particularly the street side façade.The cathedral bore the brunt of 1999 tornado too. The sculpted images are old and crumbling but not damaged. The grey look of them still has that old magic; I stood watching those details which will soon vanish with time. The line of statues here date from 14th to 17th century.

All of interiors of Notre Dame Cathedral, Tournai were not accessible because of ongoing repairs, yet the portions we saw looked stunning. There is a slightly boring museum inside which we gained entry with two euros, it does have the most precious artifacts in gold and silver; boring because no photography is allowed.

The tall walls are filled with glass, on bright day the altar must be definitely flooded with light. Those pillars and arches are made of city’s blue stone I read, but they didn’t look blue to me. The organ and rose window in the west facade.

The beautiful rose window in the picture below. It was installed there in 19th century replacing the one from 15th century. Virgin Mary in the centre and Prophets in compartments around it, I felt compelled to zoom in to this marvelous stain glass work. You can click to enlarge and see.

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19 Responses

  1. Beautiful images and the stained window, that's superb.

  2. Wow.. Magnificent cathedral. Nice captures, Indrani.

  3. George says:

    I'm sorry to read that the statues are crumbling, but I'm glad you got the picture to share with us. The interior looks very impressive. The rose window is magnificent.

  4. Sylvia K says:

    It is sad to learn the statues are crumbling, but still so much beauty! Terrific captures, Indrani! The rose window is indeed magnificent! Thanks for sharing the beauty and the history!!

  5. Fascinating pictures – the last one is brilliant !

  6. Cloudia says:

    you show it so well

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  7. magiceye says:

    Beautiful captures of amazing structures!

  8. Leovi says:

    Wonderful photos, that beauty, excellent catches in this cathedral. Greetings.

  9. Alice says:

    Very amazing design of the cathedral, love the stained glass patterns.

  10. Krishna says:

    wow! very beautiful building…

    your photos also good esp last one…

    thanks for sharing

  11. Carver says:

    Wonderful shots of Notre Dame.

  12. these old european churches are really awesome.

  13. I breathe deeply when I take in your images.

  14. ladyfi says:

    What magnificent interiors and shots!

  15. You captured the relief of the statues in the first photo very well! The stained glass is magnificent.

  16. Gina says:

    I didn’t know the Notre Dame cathedral in Belgium was a UNESCO world heritage site. I’m glad it survived the bombing of WWII and that it is still accessible. Good to know about the museum so we know what to skip. 😉

  17. neha says:

    Such a beautiful structure. And to think that it survived the WW bombing also. Imagine how strong it must be. I will definitely like to visit here when I go to Belgium

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