The Cathedrale Notre-Dame (German: Strassburger Munster, English: Our Lady's Cathedral) is a Roman-Catholic cathedral in Strasbourg, France. It is widely considered to be among the finest examples of "high", or late, gothic architecture. Erwin von Steinbach is credited for major contributions from 1277 to his death in 1318.
At 142 metres, it was the world's tallest building from 1625 to 1847. It remained the tallest church in the world until 1880, when it was surpassed firstly by Cologne Cathedral and then the 161 metre Ulm Munster. Today it is the fourth-tallest church in the world.
Described by Victor Hugo as a "gigantic and delicate marvel", the cathedral's splendour is visible far across the plains of Alsace and can be seen from as far off as the Vosges mountains or the Black Forest on the other side of the Rhine.
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