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St Salvators Cathedral Brugge

By achieverswales
Thank you all for your very kind comments and votes yesterday, today some low light captures of this beautiful Cathedral, I would recommend a visit to anyone going to Brugge. Some info below.

The Saint-Salvator Cathedral, the main church of the city, is one of the few buildings in Bruges that have survived the onslaught of the ages without damage. Nevertheless, it has undergone some changes and renovations. This church was not originally built to be a cathedral; it was granted the status in the 19th century. Since the 10th century the Sint-Salvator was a common parish church. At that time the St Donatian's Cathedral, which was located at the very heart of Bruges, opposite of the town hall, was the central religious building of the city. At the end of the 18th century the French occupiers of Bruges threw out the bishop of Bruges and destroyed the Sint-Donatius Church, which was his residence.

In 1834, shortly after Belgium's independence in 1830, a new bishop was installed in Bruges and the Saint-Salvator church obtained the status of cathedral. However, the buildings external image did not resemble a cathedral back then: it was much smaller and less imposing than the nearby Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk and had to be adapted to its new role. Building a higher and more impressive tower was one of the viable options.

The roof of the cathedral collapsed in a fire in 1839. Robert Chantrell, an English architect, famous for his neo-Gothic restorations of English churches, was asked to restore to Sint-Salvator its former glory. At the same time he was authorized to make a project for a higher tower, in order to make it taller than that of the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk. The oldest surviving part, dated from the 12th century, formed the base of the mighty tower. Instead of adding a neo-Gothic part to the tower, Chantrell chose a very personal Romanesque design. After completion there was a lot of criticism and the royal commission for monuments (Koninklijke Commissie voor Monumenten), without authorization by Chantrell, had placed a small peak on top of the tower, because the original design was deemed too flat.

The Sint-Salvator Cathedral currently houses many works of art that were originally stored in its destroyed predecessor, the Sint-Donatius Cathedral. The wall-carpets that can be seen when entering the church were manufactured in Brussels by Jasper van der Borcht in 1731. These were commissioned by bishop Hendrik van Susteren for Sint-Donatius. Sint-Salvator also has the original paintings that served as models for the wall-carpets, which make quite a unique combination. In the choir the original 16th century podium can still be admired.

Tags: Architecture Canals Bruges Belgum St Salvators Cathedral

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8 Apr 2013 12:47AM
A lovely set of images Trev, some great workmanship in these old buildings.


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taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
8 Apr 2013 12:58AM
Rich colors dominate these images, the browns and golds making a fine contrast for the splendid stained glass windows--- A great set!
Chinga Plus
5 3 1 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2013 1:54AM
Wonderful set of images Trev!
V1 for the wonderful light and colours
V2 for the depth of the image
V6 for those wonderful wood carvings

PS - Thank you for your comment on the Goa Temple (Ponda area). Yes I did see the area you mention with the most wonderful chariot carrier and the elephant carvings. I was also lucky to see another room full of the most amazing drums all hand painted and beautifully carved but camera usage was not allowed... It's a beautiful area isn't it? I am glad to know you have visited Trev. Grin
gwynn56 4 87 England
8 Apr 2013 3:50AM
beautiful set of images Smile
Hermanus 4 4 South Africa
8 Apr 2013 4:33AM
What an excellent package this is Trev !! Great write up with some amazing photos !! Excellent !!
LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2013 6:15AM
Some lovely shots here Trev, V6 is my favourite.
CarolG Plus
9 196 19 Greece
8 Apr 2013 6:32AM
Wonderful interior captures of this beautiful cathedral, Trev. Carol
Excellent low light captures Trev, love the stained glass,
SUE118 Plus
8 8 1 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2013 7:37AM
Beautifully captured and a very interesting write up.
8 Apr 2013 7:42AM
a very fine set here Trevor v1 being my fav love the light and detail V7 certainly shows the miserable weather you had

Dinky65 3 1 United States
8 Apr 2013 7:59AM
Very pretty pictures and cool info.
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
8 Apr 2013 8:16AM
A fine selection showing the ornate and almost sumptuous interior of this cathedral, Trev. Shame about the weather, but an excuse to tarry longer within.

7 10 10 England
8 Apr 2013 9:26AM
Splendid images and interesting infomaion Trev - gives me itchy feet to get travelling.Smile
franken Plus
14 4.0k 4 Wales
8 Apr 2013 9:28AM
A wonderful set here Trev.

I did pay the Cathedral a visit several years ago. Wonderful building.

ps, I've been there several times and I can't remember it being anything other than cloudy or raining!
8 Apr 2013 9:58AM
A fine set of captures Trev. I love the warm light, colours and the wood carvings.
Lillian Plus
7 22 17 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2013 10:38AM
A city never visited while interested in photography Trev
so a return after seeing these would be a 'must' me thinks!!
great set and info
Irishkate Plus
6 38 100 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2013 11:53AM
Think you've got everybody itching to visit Bruges or revisit with all the wonderful images.
It is good that there was so much to interest you inside this beautifully, ornate Cathedral
since the weather disappointed for outside images although you have had quite a few.
I do like the wood panelling in V6 and the floors looks amazing too.
Great narrative if only the old brain could retain it all!
PaulLiley 7 2 13 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2013 2:15PM
Looks a wonderful cathedral and fascinating writeup. Such rich colours. You should be paid by their tourist board. Great set and provides us all with an incite into this wonderful area Trev, Thanks for sharing. paul
8 Apr 2013 5:59PM
you just dont this sort of detailed work in the moremodern buildings..
just lovely to see... you have captured it well
helenlinda Plus
9 344 22 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2013 6:45PM
Love the patterns on the floors - and the rich colours - a splendid set of photos Trev SmileSmile
netta1234 Plus
4 371 2 Wales
8 Apr 2013 8:47PM
Beautiful set of images TrevSmile
8 Apr 2013 9:26PM
Great set of captures.

I visited the cathedral a couple of weeks ago and got told off for standing on the monument on the right of V2 Blush

P Smile
very interesting set Trev.
well taken

annettep38 Plus
5 218 40 Costa Rica
9 Apr 2013 10:23PM
fantastic series. V2 is my favourite it gives you a sense of the proportions and opens wide to the spirit.

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