Notre Dame Cathedral : Michelin's recommendations
The cathedral influenced churches in Tournai and the Escaut Valley, giving birth to Scaldian art. Visitors are impressed by its huge proportions. Its five towers are all different and stand at the transept crossing. The west front was remodelled in the 14C and masked by a porch. The interior has a vast, four-storey nave with ten bays. Note the once-painted capitals on the nave pillars, with carvings of plants, animals and human figures. The south aisle wall is adorned with epitaphs. The majestic and imposing transept is crowned by a tall lantern and creates the effect of "a cathedral within a cathedral". It displays traces of 12C frescoes and precious 16C stained-glass windows. The multicoloured marble Renaissance rood screen is a masterpiece by Cornelis Floris De Vriendt. Ambulatory chapels also offer fine works of art, such as the Maidens reliquary from 1572 in the first chapel or Raising of Lazarus by Pourbus the Elder. The 15C vaulted treasury chamber is dominated by two large 13C reliquary chests: the silver and gilded copper Notre Dame reliquary by Nicolas de Verdun and profusely-decorated St Eleutherius reliquary (1247). Also note the Seven Joys of Mary by Pierre Pourbus, a 13C ivory "Cologne" reliquary chest and the imperial cloak worn here by Charles V in 1531.
- Address : pl. de l'Évêché 1 B - 7500 Tournai7500Tournai
- Phone : 069843469
- Prices : free of charge