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At the start of the 13th century, the 100-year war and the great plague epidemics have not yet darkened Europe. During this golden age, men have been longing for splendour and craving for light : it is the time of the cathedrals. An extraordinary enthusiasm will lead the builders of this era to erect the most beautiful and impressive monuments ever built for the glory of God. The architectural feats they managed to perform were nearly impossible and are still puzzling today's architects. Behind the imposing naves, the details of the stained glasses, statues and other ornaments reveal deep esoteric meanings with sometimes erotic representations. Holding the right keys, the visitor will be able to decode the hidden meanings and then have an insight of the mystic state of mind prevaling in the Middle-Ages.

Secrets of the French Gothic cathedrals. Photos and text Š Sandrine and Jean-Baptiste Rabouan/Lightmediation Contact- Thierry Tinacci Lightmediation agency +33 (0)6 61 80 57 21 thierry@lightmediation.com


587-02: "ART-PIX": The angel of the kings' coronation cathedral since Clovis 5th century.


587-01: "ART-PIX": Notre-Dame of Paris is built on the eastern side of Saint-Louis island. This place was already dedicated to spiritual activities in Celtic times. A great number of French cathedrals are dedicated

587-02: "ART-PIX": The angel of the kings' coronation cathedral since Clovis 5th century.

587-03: Cathedral of Saint-Etienne de Bourges : detail of the Apocalypse stained glass, 13th century. The crowned Blessed Virgin shows her full of milk breast to two bearded men. The white breast is offered to

587-04: France, Cher 18, Bourges cathedral the christ of Apocalypse


587-06: "ART-PIX": The astrological lunar clock in Bourges cathedral was built in the 15th century. Most probably, cathedrals were built according to astrological cycles.


587-05: France, Cher 18, Bourges cathedral the leviatan

587-06: "ART-PIX": The astrological lunar clock in Bourges cathedral was built in the 15th century. Most probably, cathedrals were built according to astrological cycles.

587-07: Buttock statue in bourges cathedral. Do these immodest representations hidden in the cathedrals, have any meaning? Until now there has been no answer to these enigmas.

587-08: France, Cher 18, Bourges cathedral the underground way to crypt with its strange statues.


587-17: Reims has been the French kings'coronation cathedral since Clovis in the 5th century. The main gate decoration shows the Blessed Virgin crowned by her son : a special respect to a female figure in a strictly male dynasty. The Blessed Virgin is steping on the moon while the sun shines above, the scene clearly evokes the symbols of alchemy.


587-09: Bourges cathedral, detail of the western front showing Eve and the snake. Here the snake looks like a dragon with its paws and wings and in the forbidden tree a bird is eating the fruit of knowledge... It

587-10: France, Cher 18, Bourges cathedral resurection of the death.

587-11 Bourges Cathedral, the Holy Sepulchre group of statues, 16th century. The ten painted characters are placed near the Roman crypt right beneath the choir. The Blessed Virgin is held by Saint John, Mary

587-12: Bourges cathedral, the Doomsday Gate. The 13th century statues of hell show weird and sensual scenes. Here the devil's tail looks like an erected phallus, the damned souls are spitting out toads and


587-07: Buttock statue in bourges cathedral. Do these immodest representations hidden in the cathedrals, have any meaning? Until now there has been no answer to these enigmas.


587-13: France, Cher 18, Bourges cathedral the grifons.

587-14: France, Cher 18, Bourges cathedral art of proportions.

587-15: Resurection of the deaths. Some statues were broken during 18th century because of indecency.

587-16: Reims has been the French kings' coronation cathedral since Clovis in the 5th century. Broken statues during 18th century because of indecency


587-20: The upside down pentagram in the northern transept of Notre-Dame d'Amiens. This symbol is known as satanic. It represents a goat's head or/and the holy crucified in upside down position. Its presence in the cathedral is a mystery but could be understood as victory over evil forces.


587-17: Reims has been the French kings'coronation cathedral since Clovis in the 5th century. The main gate decoration shows the Blessed Virgin crowned by her son : a special respect to a female figure in a

587-18: Reims has been the French kings' coronation cathedral since Clovis in the 5th century. Sensual scene above the main gate.

587-19: Fantasy monster half-man half-animal on one of the gate pillar.

587-20: The upside down pentagram in the northern transept of Notre-Dame d'Amiens. This symbol is known as satanic. It represents a goat's head or/and the holy crucified in upside down position. Its


587-23: France, Somme, Outer flying buttress of Amiens Cathedral : This technique enables to control the weight of the structure.


587-21: France, Somme, Amiens cathedral medallion of the gate.

587-22: France, Somme, Amiens cathedral medallion of the gate with esoteric symbolism.

587-23: France, Somme, Outer flying buttress of Amiens Cathedral : This technique enables to control the weight of the structure.

587-24: "ART-PIX": Outer flying buttress of Amiens Cathedral : This technique enables to control the weight of the structure. The flying buttress technique has been a major step for the Gothic style; the


587-28: Amiens Cathedral, Saint John the Baptiste's skull. It is a rare fact : datation and scientific datas confirm it may be an authentic relic.


587-25: France, Somme, Amiens cathedral strange being at the towers top.

587-26: France, Somme, Amiens cathedral, statutory detail showing the fine art of the scluptors.

587-27: France, Somme, Amiens cathedral statutory detail showing the sex and behind of a man.

587-28: Amiens Cathedral, Saint John the Baptiste's skull. It is a rare fact : datation and scientific datas confirm it may be an authentic relic.


587-47: France, Somme 80, Amiens Cathedral, the maze of the nave restaured in the 19th century according to the original patern. Devotes used to follow on their knees the maze line as a symbolical pilgrimage to Jerusalem. The maze is also a powerful pre-christian symbol.


587-29: Amiens cathedral, in the stairs going to the organ we find a weird character with a phallus. Do these immodest representations hidden in the cathedrals, have any meaning? Until now there has been no

587-30: France, Somme, Amiens cathedral view from the towers.

587-31: France, Eure et Loire 28, Chartres. Statue of the Ark with the inscription : "it is here".

587-32: France, Eure et Loire 28, Chartres. The cathedral choir.


587-33: France, Eure et Loire 28, Chartres. A man is listening a fantasy animal.

587-34: France, Eure et Loire 28, Chartres. Detail of a stained glass : the Christ is appearing in the baker pastry.

587-35: France, Eure et Loire 28, Chartres. Stained glass detail with a child boiling in a cauldron : a typical symbol of alchemy.

587-36: France, Eure et Loire 28, Chartres cathedral the Northern gates newly restored and where the Ark statue was found.


587-05: France, Cher 18, Bourges cathedral the leviatan


587-37: France, Eure et Loire 28, Chartres. A man beneath the saint's feet is hearing something.

587-38: France, Eure et Loire 28, Chartres. The Blessed Virgin performing miracles in Chartres cathedral.

587-39: France, Eure et Loire 28, Chartres cathedral. Damnation scenes.

587-40: France, Sarthe 72, Le Mans cathedral gargoyle of the tower.


587-48: "ART-PIX": France, Somme 80, Amiens cathedral, painted as it must have been seen by the 13th century worshippers. In 1992 the restauration work showed up the original colors of the painted cathedral. In the Middle-Ages, people avoided the absence of colours or even dark colours symbolizing darkness and evil. The Cathedral gates had to look like the colourful gates of heaven. Six or seven pure pigments were always used without any mixing or diluting. Painters followed very strict rules and each colour had a precise meaning.


587-41: France, Sarthe 72, Le Mans cathedral the musicians angels.

587-42: France, Sarthe 72, Le Mans cathedral choir decoration detail.

587-43: "ART-PIX": France, Sarthe 72, Le Mans. The menhir against the main wall of Le Mans cathedral. Till the 18th century, there also was a dolmen in front of the main gate. The stone-age cultual places were

587-44: France, Eure et Loire 28, Chartres. Chartres cathedral maze, 13th century. The Gothic naves often had a maze but only the one in Chartres has been entirely preserved. The maze is accessible to


587-45: France, Eure et Loire 28, Chartres. Chartres cathedral maze, 13th century. The Gothic naves often had a maze but only the one in Chartres has been entirely preserved. On June 21st at the summer

587-46: France, Eure et Loire 28, Chartres cathedral maze, 13th century. The Gothic naves often had a maze but only the one in Chartres has been entirely preserved. On June 21st at the summer solstice, a

587-47: France, Somme 80, Amiens Cathedral, the maze of the nave restaured in the 19th century according to the original patern. Devotes used to follow on their knees the maze line as a symbolical

587-48: "ART-PIX": France, Somme 80, Amiens cathedral, painted as it must have been seen by the 13th century worshippers. In 1992 the restauration work showed up the original colors of the painted cathedral.


587-43: "ART-PIX": France, Sarthe 72, Le Mans. The menhir against the main wall of Le Mans cathedral. Till the 18th century, there also was a dolmen in front of the main gate. The stone-age cultual places were used by the Celts and later by the christians. Some specialists believe the cathedrals were built according to a presumed ancient knowledge of telluric forces.


Secrets of the French Gothic cathedrals. Captions. 587-01: "ART-PIX": Notre-Dame of Paris is built on the eastern side of Saint-Louis island. This place was already dedicated to spiritual activities in Celtic times. A great number of French cathedrals are dedicated to Notre-Dame (the Blessed Virgin) and are located near springs or rivers : it evokes Sirona, the Celtic Godess of the water element. 587-02: "ART-PIX": The angel of the kings' coronation cathedral since Clovis 5th century. 587-03: Cathedral of Saint-Etienne de Bourges : detail of the Apocalypse stained glass, 13th century. The crowned Blessed Virgin shows her full of milk breast to two bearded men. The white breast is offered to the brown man and the brown breast to the white man... There is a deep esoteric meaning hidden in the details of ancient stained glasses. 587-04: France, Cher 18, Bourges cathedral the christ of Apocalypse 587-05: France, Cher cathedral the leviatan

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Bourges

587-06: "ART-PIX": The astrological lunar clock in Bourges cathedral was built in the 15th century. Most probably, cathedrals were built according to astrological cycles.

cathedral art of proportions. 587-07: Buttock statue in bourges cathedral. Do these immodest representations hidden in the cathedrals, have any meaning? Until now there has been no answer to these enigmas. 587-08: France, Cher 18, Bourges cathedral the underground way to crypt with its strange statues. 587-09: Bourges cathedral, detail of the western front showing Eve and the snake. Here the snake looks like a dragon with its paws and wings and in the forbidden tree a bird is eating the fruit of knowledge... It seems that this Biblical scene conceals a special meaning using symbols of alchemy. 587-10: France, Cher 18, Bourges cathedral resurection of the death. 587-11 Bourges Cathedral, the Holy Sepulchre group of statues, 16th century. The ten painted characters are placed near the Roman crypt right beneath the choir. The Blessed Virgin is held by Saint John, Mary Magdalen is carrying the medicines, Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathies are placing the shroud and on one side an unidentified female character is standing... 587-12: Bourges cathedral, the Doomsday Gate. The 13th century statues of hell show weird and sensual scenes. Here the devil's tail looks like an erected phallus, the damned souls are spitting out toads and faces appear on the devils' bellies and breasts...

587-15: Resurection of the deaths. Some statues were broken during 18th century because of indecency. 587-16: Reims has been the French kings' coronation cathedral since Clovis in the 5th century. Broken statues during 18th century because of indecency 587-17: Reims has been the French kings'coronation cathedral since Clovis in the 5th century. The main gate decoration shows the Blessed Virgin crowned by her son : a special respect to a female figure in a strictly male dynasty. The Blessed Virgin is steping on the moon while the sun shines above, the scene clearly evokes the symbols of alchemy. 587-18: Reims has been the French kings' coronation cathedral since Clovis in the 5th century. Sensual scene above the main gate. 587-19: Fantasy monster half-man half-animal on one of the gate pillar. 587-20: The upside down pentagram in the northern transept of Notre-Dame d'Amiens. This symbol is known as satanic. It represents a goat's head or/and the holy crucified in upside down position. Its presence in the cathedral is a mystery but could be understood as victory over evil forces. 587-21: France, Somme, cathedral medallion of the gate.

Amiens

587-13: France, Cher cathedral the grifons.

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Bourges

587-22: France, Somme, Amiens cathedral medallion of the gate with esoteric symbolism.

587-14:

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Bourges

587-23: France, Somme, Outer flying

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Cher

buttress of Amiens Cathedral : This technique enables to control the weight of the structure. 587-24: "ART-PIX": Outer flying buttress of Amiens Cathedral : This technique enables to control the weight of the structure. The flying buttress technique has been a major step for the Gothic style; the structure doesn't need thick walls and large overtures can be made to let the light enter. 587-25: France, Somme, Amiens cathedral strange being at the towers top. 587-26: France, Somme, Amiens cathedral, statutory detail showing the fine art of the scluptors. 587-27: France, Somme, Amiens cathedral statutory detail showing the sex and behind of a man. 587-28: Amiens Cathedral, Saint John the Baptiste's skull. It is a rare fact : datation and scientific datas confirm it may be an authentic relic. 587-29: Amiens cathedral, in the stairs going to the organ we find a weird character with a phallus. Do these immodest representations hidden in the cathedrals, have any meaning? Until now there has been no answer to these enigmas. 587-30: France, Somme, cathedral view from the towers.

Amiens

587-31: France, Eure et Loire 28, Chartres. Statue of the Ark with the inscription : "it is here". 587-32: France, Eure et Loire Chartres. The cathedral choir.

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has been entirely preserved. The maze is accessible to faithful only once a week.

animal. 587-34: France, Eure et Loire 28, Chartres. Detail of a stained glass : the Christ is appearing in the baker pastry. 587-35: France, Eure et Loire 28, Chartres. Stained glass detail with a child boiling in a cauldron : a typical symbol of alchemy. 587-36: France, Eure et Loire 28, Chartres cathedral the Northern gates newly restored and where the Ark statue was found. 587-37: France, Eure et Loire 28, Chartres. A man beneath the saint's feet is hearing something. 587-38: France, Eure et Loire 28, Chartres. The Blessed Virgin performing miracles in Chartres cathedral. 587-39: France, Eure et Loire 28, Chartres cathedral. Damnation scenes. 587-40: France, Sarthe 72, Le Mans cathedral gargoyle of the tower. 587-41: France, Sarthe 72, Le Mans cathedral the musicians angels. 587-42: France, Sarthe 72, Le Mans cathedral choir decoration detail. 587-43: "ART-PIX": France, Sarthe 72, Le Mans. The menhir against the main wall of Le Mans cathedral. Till the 18th century, there also was a dolmen in front of the main gate. The stone-age cultual places were used by the Celts and later by the christians. Some specialists believe the cathedrals were built according to a presumed ancient knowledge of telluric forces. 587-44: France, Eure et Loire 28, Chartres. Chartres cathedral maze, 13th century. The Gothic naves often had a maze but only the one in Chartres

587-45: France, Eure et Loire 28, Chartres. Chartres cathedral maze, 13th century. The Gothic naves often had a maze but only the one in Chartres has been entirely preserved. On June 21st at the summer solstice, a ray of light comes through a hole made in the stained glass and hits a copper nail in the maze. In the 13th century the holy architecture certainly had gnostic meanings we do not understand today. 587-46: France, Eure et Loire 28, Chartres cathedral maze, 13th century. The Gothic naves often had a maze but only the one in Chartres has been entirely preserved. On June 21st at the summer solstice, a ray of light comes through a hole made in the stained glass and hits a copper nail in the maze. In the 13th century the holy architecture certainly had gnostic meanings we do not understand today. 587-47: France, Somme 80, Amiens Cathedral, the maze of the nave restaured in the 19th century according to the original patern. Devotes used to follow on their knees the maze line as a symbolical pilgrimage to Jerusalem. The maze is also a powerful pre-christian symbol. 587-48: "ART-PIX": France, Somme 80, Amiens cathedral, painted as it must have been seen by the 13th century worshippers. In 1992 the restauration work showed up the original colors of the painted cathedral. In the Middle-Ages, people avoided the absence of colours or even dark colours symbolizing darkness and evil. The Cathedral gates had to look like the colourful gates of heaven. Six or seven pure pigments were always used without any mixing or diluting. Painters followed very strict rules and each colour had a precise meaning.


Secrets of the French Gothic cathedrals.