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Switzerland-Cathedrale_LausanneConstruction of the Cathedral began as early as 1170 by an original unknown master mason. Twenty years later another master mason restarted construction until 1215. Finally a third engineer, Jean Cotereel, completed the majority of the existing cathedral including a porch, and two towers, one of which is the current day belfry. The other tower was never completed. The cathedral was consecrated in 1275 by Pope Gregory X, Rudolph of Hasbourg, and the bishop of Lausanne at the time, Guillaume of Champvent. The medieval architect Villard de Honnecourt drew the rose window of the south transept in his sketchbook in 1270. The Protestant Reformation, a powerful religious movement which swept down from Zurich, significantly affected the Cathedral. In 1536 a new liturgical area was added to the nave and the colorful decorations inside the Cathedral were covered over. Other major restorations occurred later in the 18th and 19th century which were directed by the great French architect, Eugène-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc. During the 20th century major restorations occurred to restore the painted interior decorations as well as to restore a painted portal on the South side of the Cathedral. New organs were installed in 2003.

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Lausanne cathedral – South rose window, keyed diagram
The red circles show the twelve labors of the months
M-01 = January
M-02 = February
M-03 = March
M-04 = April
M-05 = May
M-06 = June
M-07 = July
M-08 = August
M-09 = September
M-10 = October
M-11 = November
M-12 = December

and the blue circles show the twelve signs of zodiac
Z-01 = Capricorn
Z-02 = Aquarius
Z-03 = Pisces
Z-04 = Aries
Z-05 = Taurus
Z-06 = Gemini
Z-07 = Cancer
Z-08 = Leo
Z-09 = Virgo
Z-10 = Libra
Z-11 = Scorpio
Z-12 = Sagittarius

and the four green circles show the four seasons, now in clockwise sense:
S-01 = Spring (ver)
S-02 = Summer (estas)
S-03 = Autumn (autumpnus)
S-04 = Winter (hyems)

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The zoidac signs: https://astrologyandart.wordpress.com/2014/02/11/zodiac-signs-maximum-cards-switzerland-1982-1986/

Photos by Peter (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28433765@N07/)