Octogone

“Octogone”, Saint-Thomas church, Strasbourg, Alsace, 2012.

From the outside, St Thomas’ church in Strasbourg shows heavily its Romanesque origins: massive squared structure, especially from the West, the side from where the visitor comes from. One could be then surprised, when entering inside, to find a gigantic space, with high Gothic vaults.

St Thomas church is an example of “hall” church, so called because the high of the side aisle’s vault is the same as the high of the central nave’s one. This specific disposition gives a sensation of space, at a point that one would think this church is bigger than the cathedral, while it’s not (but this one is surely more luminous).

This picture is a pair with an other photography of the same series: Élan. It shows the vault of the tower, which covers the crossing. The left windows is obstructed because it opens directly in the attic and the two on the right because there is the buttresses of the turrets housing the spiral staircases.


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Tools and exifs:

  • Canon EOS 450D + Canon 18-55mm IS
  • 18mm
  • 1/100 s.
  • f/4
  • ISO 100

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