Between angels and demons
Angels seem to fly on the buttresses, towers and pinnacles. The cathedral chevet, an inextricable forest of stone, becomes the theatre for transformation. To express the full beauty of the chevet, the force lines are traced with a plumb-line to create an infinite stained-glass window. At the end of the sequence, the entire cathedral, like a vast ship, appears to want to set sail. Flames and brightly coloured devils try to rise from the walls.
Duration: 20 min
About the Saint-Julien
cathedral’s Gothic chevet
The Saint-Julien cathedral was built over a period of five centuries (between the 11th and the 15th centuries), which means that it has a variety of styles. The religious building is also one of the biggest in France, with its 134 m length and surface area of 5,000 m2.
The chevet, with its flying buttresses in the shape of an upturned Y, is unique in its architectural design and is one of the finest examples of Gothic art. Its 13 side chapels, double ambulatory and choir, which rises to 34 m beneath the vaults, form and elegant ascending pyramid..
Ascent of man