STRASBOURG CATHEDRAL.

Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg had been built through the 11-15th centuries. It towers over the city, and you can glimpse it from almost anywhere. Constructed from the pink sandstone, it is huge in size, with lots of turrets and towers, intricately carved entry ways, tall stained glass windows and numerous statues adorning its walls. It is impossible to take a snapshot of the whole building due to its size and the adjacent narrow medieval streets. You can see it from the Gutenberg monument; Johann Gutenberg (1400-1468) was the inventor of book printing. His statue looks directly at the cathedral; next to the monument there is a lovely old-fashioned carousel. You can also see the venerable church from many pretty streets which branch off the Cathedral Square. There are plenty of souvenir shops, cafes and restaurants, and historical buildings all around it. Le Hotel Cathedrale is a very pricey hotel located directly opposite the cathedral. Theer are always crowds of tourists milling outside and inside. The entrance is still free, though you can leave some money in the collection box. If you wish to watch the celebrated medieval astronomical clock show at 12:30PM, you have to buy a ticket. Otherwise you can just come and see the inside any time. There are impressive windows, the huge altar, the vaulted ceilings, the amazing clock, the astonishing hanging organ, the most beautiful paintings and decorations all over the inside. The hall itself is really vast: traditionally, the biggest church in town could also serve as reliable shelter for the whole parish during a war or siege.

The citizens love their most famous landmark. Some centuries ago, the Society for the Maintenance and Preservation of the cathedral was formed, and it functions to this day.

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