Cinnaminson, New Jersey
July 21, 2005
The bottom of the façade with the three arches of gates dates back to the 12th century when the cathedral was started. The lacy construction above with arches and columns and the rose window is typical flamboyant Gothic of 15th century. The bell towers are 16th-century and unmistakably Renaissance. You see the tall Gothic naves and typical Gothic cathedral design inside, the stained glass above the 13th century choir that has six levels of pictures in one window; very long, very bright, flamboyantly Gothic, 15th-century windows, with blue being the main color, below another level of stained-glass windows in the gallery with columns and three-leaf rosettes underneath the Gothic arches, through which you can see windows of the first floor that still preserve their bright blue and red colors. The description of the windows is available to the right of the choir in full detail. The most interesting, however, is the largest and the oldest stained glass in the cathedral that dates back to 1254 - the window of the covenant – the meaning of the window is that "the God comes to redeem a man, after successive covenants with man in the old testament God sends Christ and by his life, death and resurrection he seals a new covenant, by him and in him everyone can pass from death into eternal life".
There is a small square across the busy street from the cathedral, where you can seat on a bench and enjoy the view of the cathedral façade for as long as you want. The cathedral is right in front of you in all its glory and you can study every little detail of its façade.
If you would like a significantly better and more imaginative description of the cathedral inside and out, read Henry James’ "A Little Tour of France".
From journal The Best Chateaux and sightseeing of the Loire Valley