Laon (Aisne)

Notre-Dame

Building Data

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  • Type: Cathedral
  • Affiliation:
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  • Original Diocese:
  • Region: Picardie
  • Department: Aisne
  • Coords: 49.564, 3.6250
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  • Surveyed: 1969, 1972-74, 1977, 1980-83, 2011, 2015, 2017

Map

Virtual Tour

Phase 4 - 1150s [1158]- choir walls (a)


choir wall caps with aisle vaults
 

Rationale for dating :

[*MCS - Cyprian - Palmier, possibly now the master mason in charge of the works - the Victoire Team]

Phase 5 - 1160s [1161]- choir (g)


Choir gallery
 

Rationale for dating :

See analysis MCS #20-25 and discussion of 57 carvers; this date is a foundation for their works elsewhere [*MCS - Recognition rites for Fabrice and Dominique]

Phase 6 - 1160s [1162]- choir (gw)


choir gallery window caps and vault
 

Rationale for dating :

[*MCS - Fabrice - Strapper design]

Phase 18 - 1170s [1177/79]- north portal


north entry portal capitals.
 

Rationale for dating :

25% formals - the Transition "The Ark" 1:160

Phase 19 - 1170s [1177/79]- north (a)


north aisle vault in three campaigns from changes to profiles
 

Rationale for dating :

10% formals [*MCS - Strapper the Intricate for 1175]

Phase 20 - 1170s [1178/79]- south (g)


south west gallery vaults; north gallery wall caps; wall of flat eastern end with internal buttresses.
 

Rationale for dating :

11% formals - the Transition "The Ark" 1:174

Phase 22 - 1170s [1179]- nave 4-11(a)


east bays nave gallery and west of south gallery
 

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Phase 23 - 1180s [1180]- north (g)


north and two bays to west gallery caps on south side, and four bays on the north
 

Rationale for dating :

8% formals [*MCS - Strapper the Intricate for 1179]

Phase 25 - 1180s [1180]- east, west (d)


east and west dado with Bronze corbels over passage through eastern buttresses
 

Phase 27 - 1180s [1182]- east, west (av)


east and west aisle wall caps and aisle vault, drum piers in nave aisles bays 4-11, and to Salle Chapitre to south
 

Rationale for dating :

Applique [*MCS - Strapper design by Leomard for 1179]

Phase 28 - 1180s - north (t)


south rose begun; north triforium.
 

Phase 29 - 1180s [1180]- south (c)


south clerestory windows with external walkway in the Braine manner; north clerestory sills now level with earlier choir on this side.
 

Rationale for dating :

[*MCS - Strapper the Intricate for 1179]

Phase 31 - 1180s [1180]- east, west (g)


north rose begun; east and west gallery caps.
 

Rationale for dating :

decadic range "The Ark" 1:389 [*MCS - Strapper the Intricate for 1180]

Phase 32 - 1180s [1180]- porch (b)


west porches, dado in west bays and porch bases with same arrangement and similar dimensions to the transept portals at Chartres, which were by Bronze.
 

Rationale for dating :

documents "The Ark" 1:303

Phase 34 - 1180s [1182]- nave (t,c)


east and nave 1-9 triforium arcade and clerestory capitals.
 

Rationale for dating :

decadic range "The Ark" 1:396 [*MCS - Strapper the Intricate for 1181]

Phase 35 - 1180s [1185]- porch (a)


west portal sculpture, capitals, westmost aisle bays and vaults
 

Rationale for dating :

decadic range in "The Ark" 1:303; when the manner of foliage in the Solomonic columns is compared to the porches at Chartres of 1198 these seem quite a bit earlier;

Phase 47 - 1220s [1226]- n portal


insert portal into north tower
 

Rationale for dating :

documented date for this door, "The Ark" 2:1162