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Location address: France, Centre, Bourges
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One of the most famous pictures of the Cathedral St Etienne in Bourges is actually a hoax. The image is a collage existing out of 5 images. Its creator is Jurg Roessen. The church used in the photo manipulation is indeed the Cathedral St Etienne in Bourges but it doesn’t look like this. Some sources state that the picture is from Saint-Etienne-le-Vieux, a former church, now partly in ruins, situated in the old town center of Caen, France. But Roessen confirms that the main part of the picture is taken from the Cathedral St Etienne in Bourges. Peculiar to know is that this picture is present in numerous lists of “beautiful abandoned places”.
Bourges Cathedral retains most of its original ambulatory glass, which dates from about 1215. Bourges Cathedral is notable for the simplicity of its plan. The flying buttresses surrounding the cathedral are relatively slender and efficient, particularly compared to the contemporary but much heavier flyers at Chartres. Their steep angle helps to channel the thrust from the nave vaults and the wind loading on the roof to the outer buttress piers more effectively. The cathedral of Bourges was added to the list of the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 1992.
Bourges Cathedral (Cathédrale Saint-Étienne de Bourges) is a Roman Catholic cathedral, dedicated to Saint Stephen, located in Bourges, France. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Bourges.
Linked themes: World heritage
Saint-Étienne de Bourges