Notre Dame Strasbourg Cathedral – Mass times, Hours, and famous Astronomical clock

Cathédrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, Strasbourg, Francija

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(33) 3 88 21 43 34

Every day: From 7.00 am to 11.20 am and 12.35 pm to 7.00 pm

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Notre Dame Strasbourg Cathedral

Notre Dame Strasbourg Cathedral or the Cathedral of Our Lady of Strasbourg also known as Strasbourg Minster, is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Strasbourg, Alsace, France. It is widely considered to be among the finest examples of high, or late, Gothic architecture.

Described by Victor Hugo as a “gigantic and delicate marvel”, and by Goethe as a “sublimely towering, wide-spreading tree of God”, the cathedral is visible far across the plains of Alsace and can be seen from as far off as the Vosges Mountains or the Black Forest on the other side of the Rhine. Sandstone from the Vosges used in construction gives the cathedral its characteristic pink hue.

Notre Dame Strasbourg Cathedral

The Notre Dame Strasbourg Cathedral stands on the exact site of a roman temple built on a little hill above the muddy ground.

The first version of the church was starting to be built during 1015 by proposal of Bishop Werner von Habsburg, but fire destroyed most of the original Romanesque building. See Top 15 Catholic shrines in the world. See other Catholic sites in France.

By the time that cathedral was being renovated (at the end of the 12th century, this time with red stones carried from the nearby mountains of Vosges), the gothic architectural style has reached Alsace and the future cathedral was starting to develop all characteristics of gothic aesthetics.

The project of the first cathedral in Alsace was handed to craftsman and stonemasons who had already worked on the also famous gothic cathedral in Chartres.

The known dimensions of the Notre Dame Strasbourg Cathedral

  • Total length: 112 m (367 ft)
  • Total length inside: 103 m (338 ft)
  • Height of spire: 142 m (466 ft)
  • Height of observation deck: 66 m (217 ft)
  • Height of crossing dome: 58 m (190 ft)
  • Exterior height of central nave: 40 m (130 ft)
  • Inside height of central nave: 32 m (105 ft)
  • Inside width of central nave: 16 m (52 ft)[27]
  • Inside height of lateral naves: 19 m (62 ft)
  • Inside height of narthex: 42 m (138 ft)
  • Exterior width of west façade: 51.5 m (169 ft)
  • Diameter of west façade rose window: 13.6 m (45 ft)
  • Main construction area: 6,044 m2 (65,060 sq ft)
  • Copper-covered roof area: 4,900 m2 (53,000 sq ft)
  • Tile-covered roof area: 600 m2 (6,500 sq ft)
  • Slate-covered roof area: 47 m2 (510 sq ft)

Notre Dame Strasbourg Cathedral

Astronomical clock

The cathedral’s south transept houses an 18-metre astronomical clock, one of the largest in the world.

Its first forerunner was the so-called Dreikönigsuhr (“three-king clock”) of 1352-1354, located at the opposite wall from where today’s clock is.

Then starting in 1547 a new clock was built by Christian Herlin, and others, but the construction was interrupted when the cathedral was handed over to the Roman Catholic Church.

Construction was resumed in 1571 by Conrad Dasypodius and the Habrecht brothers, and this clock was astronomically much more involved. It also had paintings by the Swiss painter Tobias Stimmer.

That clock functioned into the late 18th Century and can be seen today in the Strasbourg Museum of Decorative Arts.

The clock existing today originated in 1838-1843 (the clock has 1838-1842, but the celestial globe was only finished on June 24, 1843) and was built by Jean-Baptiste Schwilgué in Dasypodius’ clock case, and with roughly the same functions, but equipped with completely new mechanics.

Schwilgué made a number of preliminary studies years before, such as a design of the computus mechanism (Easter computation) in 1816, and built a prototype in 1821.

This mechanism, whose whereabouts are now unknown, could compute Easter following the complex Gregorian rule.

The Notre Dame Strasbourg Cathedral has many other treasures

  • Stained glass windows dating from the 12th to the 14th century,
  • the St. Pancrace’s altar (1522) from Dangolsheim,
  • the 17th-century tapestries forming the Virgin’s wall covering purchased in the 18th century,
  • 15th-century mural paintings.

Notre Dame Strasbourg Cathedral

The presence of an organ is attested as early as year 1260. There was also two other instruments built and modified in 1291 and 1327.

The oldest sections of the actual organ case are not older than 1385. The bird’s nest was built in the same period. It is built in fir and is hung from the wall by a very large vertical oak beam down to the Samson’s statue.

To the right, the mobile character depicting a pretzel dealer was the famous Rohraffe (crying monkey) who, with his arm and head, punctuated the insults shouted by a cathedral’s servant hidden in the loft during the procession on Pentecost Sunday.

The city herald’s right arm (on the left) and the lion’s mouth are also mobile.

Notre Dame Strasbourg Cathedral

The famous tower

The famous tower was once almost completely destroyed during the French Revolution, inspired by anti-religious believes, some revolutionary leaders ordered its demolition. But, a local locksmith conceived a brilliant scheme of making a huge Phrygian cap made of metal to cover the tower.

The bomb shelling of 1870 and 1944 caused some damage of the Cathedral, but after few renovations and the replacements of missing statues, the Cathedral regained its original look.

Credits:

  • Wikipedia
  • Jana Dolecki, strasbourg.info
  • By Diliff – Own work – Photo of astronomical clock
  • Other photos from offical page of Notre Dame Strasbourg Cathedral

The known dimensions of the Notre Dame Strasbourg Cathedral

  • Total length: 112 m (367 ft)
  • Total length inside: 103 m (338 ft)
  • Height of spire: 142 m (466 ft)
  • Height of observation deck: 66 m (217 ft)
  • Height of crossing dome: 58 m (190 ft)
  • Exterior height of central nave: 40 m (130 ft)
  • Inside height of central nave: 32 m (105 ft)
  • Inside width of central nave: 16 m (52 ft)[27]
  • Inside height of lateral naves: 19 m (62 ft)
  • Inside height of narthex: 42 m (138 ft)
  • Exterior width of west façade: 51.5 m (169 ft)
  • Diameter of west façade rose window: 13.6 m (45 ft)
  • Main construction area: 6,044 m2 (65,060 sq ft)
  • Copper-covered roof area: 4,900 m2 (53,000 sq ft)
  • Tile-covered roof area: 600 m2 (6,500 sq ft)
  • Slate-covered roof area: 47 m2 (510 sq ft)

The Astronomical Clock
Parade of the Apostles every day at 12.30 p.m.

Entrance:
At the north doorway (parking side) starting from 11.20 am

Tickets availability:
At the postcard stand from 9 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.
and from 11.50 a.m. to 12.20 a.m. at the cashier at the south doorway

Tickets prices:
Full:2.00 Euro
Reduced: 1.50 Euro for groups > 12 people
Free for children < 6 years

Going-up on the Cathedral Platform
(332 steps)

  • October to March: from 10.00 a.m. to 5.15 p.m.    
  • April to September: from 9.00 a.m. to 7.15 p.m.
  • Entrance: At the south side(parking side)
  • Ticket availability: At the entrance
  • Ticket prices :
    • Full: 4.60 Euros
    • Reduced:
    • 3.40 Euros for groups
    • > 20 people
    • Reduced :
    • 2.30 Euros for youth < 18 years, students, soldiers
  • Free intrance every first sunday in the month

Choral Eucharist

Sundays at 9.30 a.m.
Gregorian Chant
The Strasbourg Cathedral “Schola Grégorienne”

Strasbourg cathedral mass times

Saturday:

  • 8.00 am
  • 9.00 am
  • 6.30 pm  

Sunday:   

  • 8.00 am
  • 9.30 am (in the crypt)
  • 11.00 am (Gregorian chant)
  • 6.30 am

Monday:    

  • 7.30 am
  • 9.00 am

Tuesday to Friday:    

  • 7.30 am
  • 9.00 am
  • 6.30 pm (Wednesday in the crypt

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