Cathedral Cities of France
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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: (Sljapfrr LAON, RHEIMS AND SOISSONS E passed Laon in the dark," is a confession frequently made by travellers. The Geneva express used to stop here for dinner, and during the brief interval allowed for coffee and cigarettes many a traveller has gazed up at the great buttressed hill, silhoutted against a twilight sky, and wondered what manner of place it might be, half-fortress, half-church, rising some three hundred and fifty feet out of the plain with its crest of towers and houses. If Paris is the type of the island cities of Gaul, surely Laon may be called the type of the hill cities. " Laon is the very pride of that class of town which out of Gaulish hill-forts grew into Roman and mediaeval cities. None stands so proudly on its height; none has kept its ancient character so little changed to our own day. The town still keeps itself within the walls which fence in the hill-top, and whatever there is of suburb has grown up at the foot, apart from the ancient city." chapter{Section 4Geologically, Laon is a limestone island in the denuded plain of Soissonais and Bearnais, and was a Celtic stronghold, as its name, a contraction of Laudunum, shows, dun standing for a hill fortress. The town resembles in plan a blunt crescent, one horn of which is occupied by the cathedral and citadel. An electric railway connects the upper with the lower town, and a street from the marketplace leads through the Parvis to the very beautiful west fagade of the church. Cathedral, strictly speaking, it is no longer, for at Laon we have another of those instances, always somewhat melancholy, of a deserted bishopstool. Here it is almost more pathetic, when we remember that the Bishop of Laon was second in importance only to the Archbishop of Rheims himself, and, going back to the days of Willi......
Book Details
ISBN-13: 9781116940770
EAN: 9781116940770
Publisher Date: 07 Nov 2009
Height: 200 mm
MediaMail: Y
PrintOnDemand: Y
Series Title: English
Width: 125 mm
ISBN-10: 1116940779
Publisher: BiblioLife
Binding: Paperback
Language: English
No of Pages: 398
Returnable: N
Spine Width: 21 mm