First English edition of the Nuremberg chronicle: being the Liber chronicarum of Dr. Hartmann Schedel…
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This large woodcut shows the old German (and later German-French) city of Strasbourg, dominated by its enormous cathedral, whose spire extends almost to the top of the page. The houses are clustered about it, and among these a number of churches. The city is walled, and the woodcut shows at least two of the many gates of which the chronicler speaks, and which he alleges to be the reason for the modern name of Strasbourg (a burg or city of streets). By way of variation the spire of one of the buildings is surmounted with a weathervane (a cock). A high rugged terrain is indicated in the background at the left.
In speaking of this cathedral, Victor Hugo (Le Rhin, Paris 1842) says:

The enormous cathedral, which is the highest building that the hand of man has made since the Great Pyramid, was clearly defined against the background of dark mountains whose forms were magnificent and whose valleys were flooded with sunshine. The work of God for man and the work of man for God, the mountain and the Cathedral contesting for grandeur. I have never seen anything more inspiring . . . but the real triumph of the Cathedral is the spire. It is a true tiara of stone with its crown and its cross . . . The Münster of Strassburg is nearly five hundred feet high.