Liminality and encounter(s) : The case of Notre-Dame de Lausanne



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Faculty of Arts

Description This article examines the space of the 13th-century cathedral of Lausanne. Even though the historiography of the building is rich, and it has been studied through a variety of angles, it focuses specifically on the pilgrim's experience. In that respect are first examined the liminal zone that is the porch, the encounter with its statuary, and the way it “prefigures” the sacral space and the goal of the pilgrims, the chapel. The latter is the site of another encounter which is addressed: the one with the relics and – as evidence shows – with the statue of the Virgin.
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