For being the “dark ages,” medieval Europeans were sure able to produce some of the world’s most beautiful and intricate buildings ever made.Wow! Medieval Cathedrals Used to Be Full of Brilliant Colors –
For being the “dark ages,” medieval Europeans were sure able to produce some of the world’s most beautiful and intricate buildings ever made.
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It turns out they were even more beautiful than we knew.
First, here’s a picture of how the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Amiens in France looks today:
Back in the 1990s, there was a cleaning program underway on the exterior. Midway through the project, scientists discovered something pretty intriguing on the western facade: traces of paint. Further tests were done, and they were able to determine how the western facade was painted back in the 13th century! Then they figured out a way to project the light of the colors very precisely onto the building.
The result? A breath-taking view of how the cathedral looked when it was first finished.