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Interior Decoration For Gothic Cathedrals Mostly Came From

interior decoration for gothic cathedrals mostly came from

Cathedral of Sainte-Cécile at Albi–Interior–View from the Choir looking toward the nave and at the back of the rood screen

interior decoration for gothic cathedrals mostly came from

Cathedral of Sainte-Cécile at Albi–Interior–View of the Gothic vaulting

interior decoration for gothic cathedrals mostly came from

Cathedral of Sainte-Cécile at Albi–Organ pipes

Interior decoration for gothic cathedrals mostly came from.

Interior shots of the Cathedral of Sainte-Cécile at Albi
French; 1287 – 1480
French southern Gothic style
Constructed of red bricks
Albi, Tarn department, France
Thinking of Carol, with the vision of Heaven and Paradise in the embellished Gothic vaults, above.
The cathedral was built in the wake of the Albigensian heresy in the area.

The interiors and exteriors–at least the facades–of many (most?) Romanesque and Gothic cathedrals originally were painted, usually in bright colors. Few churches retain much of their original painted embellishment today. By contrast, the interior of Cathedral of Sainte-Cécile at Albi is abundantly decorated. Alas, I don’t know how close this decoration might be to the original decoration and, if it indeed is close, how much might be original and how much might be restoration. In any event, these interior views convey a sense of how the interiors of many of the great cathedrals must have looked when new–very different from the usual somber, gray interiors we typically see today. Of course, the strong blues represent Heaven and the welcome of the faithful to Paradise.

Cathedral of Sainte-Cécile at Albi–Interior–View from the Choir looking toward the nave and at the back of the rood screen

Cathedral of Sainte-Cécile at Albi–Interior–View of the Gothic vaulting
Cathedral of Sainte-Cécile at Albi–Organ pipes
Cathedral of Sainte-Cécile at Albi–Exterior

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