Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral – A city entirely built on LavaJuly 30, 2018
Clermont-Ferrand is a city and commune of France, in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, with a population of 141,569 (2012). Its metropolitan area had 467,178 inhabitants at the 2011 census. It is the prefecture (capital) of the Puy-de-Dôme department. Olivier Bianchi is its current mayor.
Clermont-Ferrand sits on the plain of Limagne in the Massif Central and is surrounded by a major industrial area. The city is famous for the chain of volcanoes, the Chaîne des Puys surrounding it. The famous dormant volcano Puy de Dôme (10 kilometres (6 miles) from the city) is one of the highest of these and well known for the telecommunication antennas that sit on its top and are visible from far away.
Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral (the Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption) is a Gothic cathedral and French national monument which was built during the 13th and 14thcenturies.
It is built entirely from black lava stone, which makes it highly distinctive, and visible from a great distance. It has beautiful medieval stained glass windows, many Gothic wall paintings, and a 10th-century crypt. Its twin spires are 108 meters tall, and tower above the town’s rooftops.
The cathedral is the third Christian church to be erected on the spot, upon remnants of the previous structures. Construction on the present cathedral began in 1246 under Bishop Hugues de la Tour, a friend of King Louis IX.
The cathedral was designed by architect Jean Deschamps and it was modeled after the great Gothic cathedrals of northern France.
Thanks to the efforts of a persuasive clergyman, the Benedictine Verdier-Latour the cathedral was largely spared the ravages of the French Revolution. He persuaded them that it would be an excellent gathering place for the people. Only the rood screen, altar, choir stalls and furniture were destroyed.
This is one of finest example of the ancient architecture and art of great time that is preserved with due care.
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