Tournai Cathedral, Belgium

Notre Dame Cathedral of Tournai, Belgium got the UNESCO heritage tag because it is: distinguished by a Romanesque nave of extraordinary dimensions, a wealth of sculpture on its capitals and a transept topped by five towers, all precursors of the Gothic style.

The cathedral has a turbulent history. The first church built here was in 761 AD, which was replaced in 850 AD, this was burnt down by Viking traders in 881 AD. Another church was built at the same site; this too got destroyed in fire in 1060. A Romanesque cathedral was then built here, which exists even today. In 13th century, the church was given a facelift in Gothic architectural patterns, as that was the popular style of architecture in Europe those days. The square towers that flank the transept arms reach a height of 83 meters (272 ft). The church has a unique combination of both styles of architecture.

 Though sober in looks, the cathedral of Tournai is one of the finest in Belgium. The picture below is the undamaged western facade of the cathedral.

You may also like...

19 Responses

  1. it has survived several wars..

  2. Sylvia K says:

    What a wonderful, amazing place and a great post and photos for the day, Indrani, as always! I do love the history you include! Hope you have a lovely weekend!

  3. TexWisGirl says:

    rather pretty spires. 🙂

  4. magiceye says:

    That was amazing!

  5. Carletta says:

    So glad I enlarged that first shot – quite a beautiful structure!
    Nice framing of this shot too.

  6. HansHB says:

    Great composition!

  7. Rajesh says:

    Great place. Very different from what I have seen so far.

  8. Excellent photography of sites in Belgium ~ (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

  9. George says:

    The five towers of this cathedral are fascinating. The two types of architecture are nicely blended in this building.

  10. Carver says:

    Fascinating post and great shots.

  11. 'Tsuki says:

    J'aime beaucoup le premier cliché, avec ce contraste entre le gris de la cathédrale et les toits rouge brique.

  12. Very nice captures.

    Sunrise Views, come and see.
    HAVE a great weekend!

  13. DeniseinVA says:

    Wonderful photos and a very interesting history. Thank you Indrani.

  14. So beautiful and solid.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *