Senlis Cathedral, Senlis, Picardy, France
As with many gothic cathedrals, fashions changed and ambitions grew. So when there was more money in the coffers and it was time to embellish, new parts of the cathedral tended to be in the latest style, while the gothic style was developing rapidly.
The gothic cathedral at Senlis is probably the third oldest after Saint-Denis in northern Paris and Noyon Cathedral, also in the Picardy region. You can see these changing styles in Saint-Denis and in Senlis.
At Senlis, the west facade is simple and seems a million miles from the decoration at Amiens just seventy years later. But move around to the south or north facades, and you move from simple gothic to developing rayonnant.
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