May 7, 2013

Pillar Of Judgment, Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg cathedral is unique in its own way. The first conspicuous factor of its uniqueness is its single tower. During the French Revolution, some anti-religious leaders had conspired to destroy it. But it was unharmed miraculously or rather by sheer brilliance of a local locksmith. A huge Phrygian cap made of metal was made to cover the tower. The cathedral was undamaged during the bombings of 1870 and 1944. I am amazed at the engineering skills that existed then.


Sharing the pictures of Pillar of Judgment (Pillar of Angels) here. This was a unique one I saw in the cathedral, not sure if something like this is there in any other cathedral (at least i have not seen one). The first level has evangelists; second level has angels blowing their trumpets. Christ as judge appears above them seated on his throne, surrounded by angels carrying the instruments of His Passion. The dead arise from their tombs announcing the resurrection of the whole humanity.


Everything is ready for the Judgment Day! 

32 comments:

Jim said...

This is wonderful.

eileeninmd said...

The pillar of angels is amazing. So lovely. Thanks for sharing this, Indrani! Have a happy day!

Arumugam Easwar said...

All are monumental structures still with standing the onslaughts of time.Amazing engineering marvels.

mysay.in said...

loved the angle .. specially the first click is as awesome as the monument itself !!

Anna said...

Love it so much Indra!
Such a beauty of angels...
Warm greetings from Holland,
Anna :))

Anu said...

It's interesting to know the details behind the pillar. The first picture is so well shot..loved the POV!

hitesh patel said...

wow..nice information..

KISLAYA GOPAL said...

This is amazing and I too marvel at the engineering skills of those times.
The snippet with the photographs is really informative! :)

Carver said...

This is fantastic. Great shots of it.

aliasgarmukhtiar mukhtiar said...

wonderful

TexWisGirl said...

beautiful work! and what a great protection from war!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

I love religious art. I agree, the engineering knowledge of so long ago is amazing! Beautiful photos. :)

Sylvia K said...

Such a fascinating and wonderful place and the engineering knowledge that long ago is amazing indeed! Marvelous captures as always, Indrani! Hope your week is going well!

Team G Square said...

Wonderful asusual . this reminds me of iron pillar of Delhi .

K V V S MURTHY said...

This world is full of miracles ...Great post !

Neeraj | www.bharari.net said...

Hmmm... interesting story behind the sculptures.

DeniseinVA said...

A superb post Indrani and such interesting information. I visited the Cathedral years ago with my sister and her family. They only live about an hour-and-a-half away from Strasbourg. I didn't know any of what you told and I thank you for not only an informative visit but a wonderful trip down memory lane :)

Gary said...

Another great tour!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

chai-and-chardonnay.blogspot.com said...

Not just beautiful images but a lot of informations as well! Thanks!

Łucja-Maria said...

Beautiful photos and interesting story...
Warm greetings from Poland.
Lucia

Ka Jo said...

Wow, wonderful.

rupam sarma said...

Amazing post and photos

Nilanjana Bose said...

Very informative, and the pictures are as always beautiful, thanks.

Namrota said...

"Christ as judge appears above them seated on his throne, surrounded by angels carrying the instruments of His Passion. The dead arise from their tombs announcing the resurrection of the whole humanity."

Wow... simply amazing.

mynascence said...

An architectural marvel and a viewers delight.. A lovely capture Indrani thanks

Alka Narula said...

wow , lovely pics..keep sharing !

JK said...

Amazing bit of engineering. I wonder why recently monuments don't stay so long. Thank you for the information and the snaps.

S. Anupam said...

Wow! Amazing clicks Indrani, Well done!

EG CameraGirl said...

It's true that the engineering skills back then were incredibly well developed. I'm glad it wasn't damaged during the wars.

Anjan Roy said...

i am thinking of...whether the pillar of judgement has some supernatural connections noone is able to destroy it ???...!!!

P.N. Subramanian said...

Just superb!. The detailed account of various sculptures was very helpful.

R Niranjan Das said...

Beautiful work.