The Bourges Cathedral is one of the most symbolic pieces of architecture that influenced the Gothic architectural style as the strength of the Medieval France Christianity. The cathedral takes the tag of being one of the most magnificent pieces of Gothic architecture, mostly for proper management of space and high quality of artwork done on both its exterior and interior walls.

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The Bourges Cathedral is one of the most symbolic pieces of architecture that influenced the Gothic architectural style as the strength of the Medieval France Christianity. The cathedral takes the tag of being one of the most magnificent pieces of Gothic architecture, mostly for proper management of space and high quality of artwork done on both its exterior and interior walls.

Note that Bourges was a royal city from the year 100 and thus the cathedral of Bourges had to be built to befit the city’s status as the seat of Archbishop of Bourges and Primates of Aquitane.

Since the 3rd Century, there has been a Christian cult in Bourges. The cult was formed when the Roman Avaricum became the first Christian community in Gaul. In fact, there was a Romanesque Basilica built in the 11th century and dedicated to St. Stephen. Soon, the basilica was surrounded by several other buildings and the town thus continued to grow.

In the year 1195, Archbishop Henri de Sully opted to rebuild the cathedral. This work will continue to the 13th century. It used the most popular building style of the day – Gothic. The cathedrals plan was very simple. It comprised a double ambulatory and no Transept.

When Archbishop Guillaume de Dangeon, a former Cistercian abbot, succeeded Henri de Sully in 1195, he initiated an iconographic program that incorporated decorations on the stained glass windows, 5 carved portals that were complete with facade. In the 13th century, the 3 levels of choir were fitted with stained glass windows that signified the Apocalypse and last judgment; the Blessed Virgin and Saint Ettiene; prophets and apostles; the Archbishops of Bourges; the Old and New Testaments of the bible; and the life of Saints and Martyrs.

Other interesting buildings in the area include the 13th century tithe barn, the archbishop’s Palace (Today’s Hotel de Ville), cathedral gardens and many other smaller structures.

The Bourges Cathedral is certainly a place you want to say your prayers at. After all, this is where the aristocrats of the past used to pray for the state and the French kings. During your tour of France, this is a place you would want on your itinerary.

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