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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

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Beginner Level

Approx. 27 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English, Spanish

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
1 hour to complete

Introduction & Saint-Denis I

7 videos (Total 36 min), 1 reading
7 videos
1.2 Paris4m
1.3 Notre Dame de Paris and the Wave of Cathedral Building7m
1.4 What We'll Study5m
2.1 The Old Church6m
2.2 Royalty Reposed5m
2.3 The Fair of Lendit4m
1 reading
Pre-Course Survey10m
Week
2
3 hours to complete

Saint-Denis

8 videos (Total 57 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
8 videos
3.2 Reasons, Spiritual and Worldly8m
4.1 The Central Portal, Saint-Denis9m
4.2 The North and South Portals, Saint-Denis5m
5.1 God is Light7m
5.2 Saint-Denis, a Storehouse of Treasure7m
5.3 The Uplifting Church4m
5.4 The Anagogical and Moses Windows5m
3 readings
On What was Done in his Administration by Abbot Suger30m
Life of Saint Denis by James of Voragine10m
The Celestial Hierarchy by The Pseudo-Dionysius10m
1 practice exercise
Saint-Denis24m
Week
3
2 hours to complete

Architectural Innovation

4 videos (Total 32 min), 1 quiz
4 videos
6.2 Gothic Origins3m
6.3 Gothic8m
7.1 Architectural Innovations12m
Week
4
3 hours to complete

Notre Dame de Paris

10 videos (Total 67 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
10 videos
8.2 Renovations7m
9.1 Influences and Innovations4m
9.2 St. Anne’s Portal11m
9.3 Coronation Portal7m
10.1 Central Portal: The Last Judgment6m
10.2 Notre Dame’s Roses7m
11.1 St. Stephen’s Portal4m
11.2 Theophilus and the Virgin3m
11.3 Truth Set in Stone8m
3 readings
The Nativity of Mary by James of Voragine30m
The Assumption of Mary by James of Voragine30m
The Miracle of Theophilus by Rutebeuf30m
1 practice exercise
Notre Dame de Paris10m
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Top reviews from Age of Cathedrals

By CLJan 8th 2019

I thoroughly enjoyed this course. I learned so much about cathedrals and their history. The professor was engaging, the forums were lively, and the imagery and music was beautiful and inspirational.

By DOApr 5th 2019

Thank you soo much for providing this great course online. I am almost at the finish line, and it’s been a great learning experience for me soo far. Thank you Coursera :), and Yale University.

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Howard Bloch

Sterling Professor of French
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About Yale University

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