7 Interesting Alexander Nevsky Cathedral Facts

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral Facts

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral Facts

  1. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is an orthodox cathedral in the Tallinn Old Town, Estonia.
  2. The cathedral was dedicated to the Prince of Novgorod, Alexander Yaroslavich Nevsky, who led the famous Battle of the Ice at Lake Peipsi in 1242, which halted the German crusaders’ eastward advance.
  3. The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral crowns the hill of Toompea which is one of several places where according to legend the Estonian folk hero Kalevipoeg’s father Kalev is said to have been buried.
  4. The church has been meticulously restored since Estonia regained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.
  5. The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is Tallinn’s largest and grandest orthodox cupola cathedral.
  6. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral was designed by Mikhail Preobrazhensky in a typical Russian Revival style between 1894 and 1900, during the period when the country was part of the Russian Empire.
  7. The church’s towers’ hold Tallinn’s most powerful church bell ensemble, consisting of 11 bells, including the largest in Tallinn, weighing 15 tonnes.
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral Facts
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral Facts

10 Interesting Uppsala Cathedral Facts

Uppsala Cathedral Facts

Uppsala Cathedral Facts

  1. In 1702, many features were destroyed in a major fire. During the renovation work carried out in the 1970s, many of the medieval frescoes which had been whitewashed over after the Reformation were uncovered and restored.
  2. Uppsala Cathedral is a cathedral located between the University Hall of Uppsala University and the Fyris river in the center of Uppsala, Sweden. 
  3. The cathedral dates to the late 13th century and, at a height of 118.7 meters, it is the tallest church in the Nordic countries.
  4. The church was designed in the French Gothic style by French architects including Étienne de Bonneuil.
  5. The twin towers at the west end of the church were first mentioned in 1563.
  6. Several important persons have been buried in Uppsala Cathedral, among them King Gustav Vasa and King Johan III of the 16th century and their queens.
  7. The Treasury is situated in the cathedral’s north tower and houses one of Europe’s finest collections of medieval church fabrics.
  8. Uppsala domkyrka is made of local brick, giving the structure a unique red color that brightens up the landscape in winter and glows with the sunset in summer.
  9. One chapel contains 14th-century murals depicting the legend of St. Erik, the patron saint of Sweden.
  10. The interesting candlestick-sculpture in the nave called the “Tree of the Reconciliation of Man,” was created in 1968 on the occasion of the Fourth General Assembly of the World Council of Churches, held in Uppsala. The sculpture was designed by Olof Hellström and constructed by Folke Mattsson.
Uppsala Cathedral Facts
Uppsala Cathedral Facts

5 Interesting Facts About Arctic Cathedral

Facts About Arctic Cathedral

Facts About Arctic Cathedral

  1. Arctic Cathedral also known as Tromsdalen Church, is a parish church of the Church of Norway in Tromsø Municipality in Troms og Finnmark county, Norway.
  2. The modern concrete and metal church were built in a long church style in 1965 by the architect Jan Inge Hovig. The church seats about 600 people.
  3. The church was designed by the architect Jan Inge Hovig and is built mainly of concrete.
  4. The church acquired an organ built by Grönlunds Orgelbyggeri in 2005, with three manuals, pedal, 42 stops, and 2940 pipes. It replaced the old opus nr. 12 organ delivered by Vestlandske Orgelverksted, Hareid, which had 22 voices and 124 keys.
  5. The fantastic glass mosaic on the eastern side was added in 1972. The glass mosaic is one of artist Victor Sparre’s most prominent works.
Facts About Arctic Cathedral
Facts About Arctic Cathedral

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20 Interesting Cologne Cathedral Facts

Cologne Cathedral Facts:

  1. The cathedral has eleven church bells, four of which are medieval.
  2. In 1996, the cathedral was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List of culturally important sites.
  3. In 2004 it was placed on the “World Heritage in Danger” list, as the only Western site in danger, due to plans to construct a high-rise building nearby, which would have visually impacted the site, However, In 2006 it was removed from the list of in Danger Sites, due to the limit the heights of building contrsucted near and around the cathedral.
  4. The Construction of the Cathedral began in 1248, and was not completed until 1880, with the assistance of King Friedrich Wilhelm IV, a mere 632 years later.
  5. The cathedral covers almost 8,000 square meters of floor space and can hold more than 20,000 people.
  6. Originally the cathedral was built to house the Three Wise Men’s shrine.
  7. The height of the northern tower of the Cologne Cathedral is 157,38 meters, while the height of the southern tower is 6 cm below that.
  8. The external length of the cathedral is 144,58 meters and the width is 86.25 meters.
  9. St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Washington, D.C. was modeled after the cathedral.
  10. The Cologne Cathedral was the tallest building in the world between 1880 and 1884.
  11. The Cologne Cathedral is the third biggest church, built in the Gothic Architecture, only being beaten by The Silvelle Cathedral in Spain and the Milan Cathedral in Italy.
  12. Pope Benedict XVI visited the cathedral in 2005, as part of World Youth Day 2005 festivities. 
  13. The cathedral’s oldest stained-glass windows were crafted in the 13th century. More modern in style is an immense stained-glass window by the Cologne-based artist Gerhard Richter, completed in 2007 as a permanent replacement for 19th-century glass that was destroyed in World War II.
  14. The Cathedral towers for its two huge spires give the cathedral the largest façade of any church in the world. The choir has the largest height to width ratio, 3.6:1, of any medieval church.
  15. The Lady Chapel contains the Altar of the City Patrons, painted in 1442 by Stefan Lochner.
  16. The Cathedral was hit by 14 bombs during World War II, Lucky the building didn’t fall. 
  17. The building plan for the Gothic Cathedral was drawn up by master mason Gerhard of Reil, who modelled the new church on the cathedrals of Paris, Strasbourg and Amiens.
  18. Cologne Cathedral has two pipe organs by Klais Orgelbau: the Transept Organ, built in 1948, and the Nave Organ, built in 1998.
  19. As of 1 March 2017, authorities instituted a ban on large bags in the cathedral in light of recent terrorist attacks in the country.
  20. Cologne Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Cologne, Germany.
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Reims Cathedral of Notre-Dame

Reims Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Reims

Reims Cathedral known as the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Reims is situated on the Vesle River east-northeast of Paris, built between 1211 and 1516 under the auspices of Archbishop Aubry de Humbert and designer Jean d’Orbais. The Cathedral was built to replace the old church which was destroyed by fire in 1210.

The Cathedral is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and one of the most important buildings in the country’s history, its the location where the kings of France were crowned, between 1027 and 1825. Reims Cathedral is owned by the state, the state directs the renovation and daily maintenance when its necessary.

During World War II the Germans bombed the Cathedral to demoralise the French Population by destroying symbolic buildings and monuments. Reims Cathedral was targeted by over 28 artillery shells. After the war ended, reconstruction started in 1919, a number of improvements were made to the previous design and structure, the oak-wood roof was replaced by non-flammable materials.

In 2011, Reims Cathedral celebrated its 800th anniversary. The celebrations ran from 6 May to 23 October. Six new stained glass windows designed by Imi Knoebel, a German artist, were inaugurated on June 25, 2011.

Reims Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Reims is one of the first monuments registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Reims Cathedral Interior
Reims Cathedral Interior

Kings crowned at Reims Cathedral

Name Year by Archbishop
Henry I 1027 Ebles I of Roucy
Philip I 1059 Gervais de Château-du-Loir
Philip of France 1129 Renaud de Martigné
Louis VII 1131 Pope Innocent II
Philip II 1179 William of the White Hands
Louis VIII 1223 William of Joinville
Louis IX 1226 Jacques de Bazoches
Philip III 1271 Milon de Bazoches
Philip IV 1286 Pierre Barbet
Louis X 1315 Robert de Courtenay-Champignelles
Philip V 1317 Robert de Courtenay-Champignelles
Charles IV 1322 Robert de Courtenay-Champignelles
Philip VI 1328 Guillaume de Trie
John II 1350 Jean de Vienne
Charles V 1364 Jean III de Craon
Charles VI 1380 Richard Picque
Charles VII 1429 Regnault de Chartres
Louis XI 1461 Jean Juvénal des Ursins
Charles VIII 1484 Pierre de Laval
Louis XII 1498 Guillaume Briçonnet
Francis I 1515 Robert de Lenoncourt
Henry II 1547 Charles of Lorraine
Francis II 1559 Charles of Lorraine
Charles IX 1561 Charles of Lorraine
Henry III 1575 Louis I of Guise
Louis XIII 1610 François de Joyeuse
Louis XIV 1654 Simon Legras
Louis XV 1722 Armand Jules de Rohan-Guéméné
Louis XVI 1775 Charles Antoine de La Roche-Aymon
Charles X 1825 Jean-Baptiste de Latil

Reims Cathedral ceiling
Reims Cathedral

Reims Cathedral Contact Information

Telephone: | Official Website |

How To Get There

Gare de Reims Train Station is located only 10 minutes away from the Cathedral.

From Paris to Reims Cathedral by car, take the A4, Follow A4 to Boulevard Louis Roederer in Reims. Take exit 23-Reims-Centre from A344, Continue on Boulevard Louis Roederer. Take Boulevard Joffre to Rue de la Grosse Écritoire.

Leaving from Gare de l’Est in Paris, the TGV will take you to Reims in 45 minutes.

Opening Hours

Monday 07:30 AM – 19:30 PM
Tuesday 07:30 AM – 19:30 PM
Wednesday 07:30 AM – 19:30 PM
Thursday 07:30 AM – 19:30 PM
Friday 07:30 AM – 19:30 PM
Saturday 07:30 AM – 19:30 PM
Sunday 07:30 AM – 19:15 PM

Access is no longer allowed a quarter of an hour before closing.

Admission

Free Entry.

Information

  • Construction started in 1211.
  • Completed in 1275.
  • Height: 81 m.
  • Architectural styles: Gothic architecture, French Gothic architecture.
  • Architects: Jean d’Orbais, Jean-le-Loup, Gaucher of Reims & Bernard de Soissons.
  • Architectural type: Church.
  • Style: French Gothic.

Nearby Things To Do

Palais du Tau is right next to the Reims Cathedral, It’s the Former bishops’ residence, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, housing statues from the cathedral. Museum of Fine Arts, an 18th-century setting for paintings & furniture, including works by Cranach, Corot & toiles peintes, is located only 2 minutes from the cathedral. Place Royale is a Landmark city square surrounded by quaint buildings, with a monument to Louis XV in the centre.

WHERE TO STAY IN REIMS

Nearby places to stay as cheap as possible budget under £100/$100/€100:

  • Holiday Inn Reims Centre Located just 400 yards from Reims Convention Centre, Holiday Inn Reims Centre is ideally located in the historic centre of Reims, and it features the only panoramic restaurant in Reims and a bar. check price.
  • La Demeure des Sacres Located in the centre of Reims, La Demeure des Sacres is set in a 20th-Century property and offers boutique-style accommodation with a large garden. The Reims Cathedral is just 350 yards from the B&B and Reims Convention Centre is a 10-minute walk away. check price.
  • Logis Hôtel Au Tambour Located 1,000 yards from Reims city centre, this Logis Hotel is just a 15-minute walk from the town centre, train station and Reims Champagne Congrès. It offers a heated outdoor swimming pool and private parking in garages. Check Price.

Nearby places to stay at a budget price over £100:

  • Grand Hôtel Des Templiers located in Reims, just a 15-minute walk to the city centre and an 8-minute drive from Reims Convention Centre. It features an indoor swimming pool and a sauna. Check Price.
  • Les Suites Champenoises is set in Tinqueux in the Champagne – Ardenne Region, 2.7 miles from Reims city centre. Offering 2 sun terraces and a hot tub. Check Price

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LOCATION

Address: Place du Cardinal Luçon, 51100 Reims, France | Coordinates: 49°15′13″N 4°2′3″E

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Reims Cathedral
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20 Sagrada Familia Facts

Sagrada Família inside view

Fun and Interesting Facts About Sagrada Familia

  1. Gaudí disliked straight lines and angles because they don’t often appear naturally. Instead, he based his design on the swirling curves of nature.

  2. The construction of La Sagrada Familia has been funded by donations.

  3. The Sagrada Familia has lights all around it, so at night, it glows a bright yellow/gold colour.

  4. Sagrada Familia is the largest tourist attraction in Spain.

  5. Sagrada Familia it will be Europe’s tallest Cathedral, once it’s completed.

  6. La Sagrada Família will take longer to complete than the Egyptian pyramids.

  7. La Sagrada Familia was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.

  8. Pope Benedict XVI declared it a basilica in 2010.

  9. An Organ was installed in 2010, making it possible to hold religious services.

  10. When Completed the La Sagrada Familia will have 18 towers, 12 towers will represent the Apostles, four will represent the Evangelists, one to the Virgin Mary and the last tower, the highest one will be in the middle and represent Jesus Christ.

  11. Gaudí believed that no man-made object should be constructed higher than the work of God, when the Basilica is completed it will stand at 170 meters and will be one meter less than the highest point in Barcelona, Montjuïc hill.

  12. La Sagrade Familia full name is La Sagrada Familia is Basilica I Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia.

  13. La Sagrada Familia will have three facades when complete, including the Glory façade to the south, the Nativity façade to the east, and the Passion façade to the west.

  14. The Construction of the Basilica began in 1882.

  15. The two people buried in the crypt are Gaudi and Josep Maria Bocabella.

  16. Gaudi’s work was largely inspired by nature.

  17. Art nouveau architect Antoní Gaudí dedicated more than 40 years of his life to its construction.

  18. There’s an elevator inside that goes to the top of one of the towers.

  19. During the Spanish Civil war in 1936, most of all Gaudi’s plans for the church were damaged or lost.

  20. Every year more than 3 million tourists visit Sagrada Familia.

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