Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Laon, Laon

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Must see · Architectural Building · Religious Site
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Laon is one of the most important examples of Northern France Gothic architecture of the 12th and 13th centuries. The building is in a cruciform shape and the choir terminates in a straight wall instead of in an apse. The cathedral has stained glass dating back to the 13th century and a chancel screen from the 18th century. Although the cathedral suffered some damage during the French Revolution and the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, it escaped both World Wars unharmed. Our Laon route planner makes visiting Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Laon and other Laon attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Worth a visit and a bit of research on the history of the building, lovely decorative carvings of cattle.  more »
  • Must be one of the longest cathedrals in France. Beautiful, and in good order. Well worth a detour to visit.  more »
  • A fantastic beacon of beauty, rising above the surrounding land on a grand plateau making for an amazingly memorable landmark. The inside of the building is at least as great as the outside, with massive halls and a great collection of religious artworks. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys sight-seeing in churches and the like.
  • Cathedral commands the heights above the flat farmland. Bring binoculars; the exterior carvings are astounding. The oxen who dragged the stones up the hill get their tribute on the spires. Look for them; they appear to be curious about who's visiting. Park near the cathedral! I parked at a lot near the train station and took a bus to the top. Big mistake - wasted time trying to figure out the bus service, etc.

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