The cathedral is an early example of French Gothic. While it is stubby compared to later buildings, it is fully developed. To truly understand the Gothic sense of space, consider that in medieval times the narrow streets and tiny buildings came right up to the steps of the church. The interior of the cathedral was the largest space in town. From the hot, dank, smelly streets the peasants would enter the cool, soaring interior, bathed in an other-worldly light. Note the icon at the center of the door - it is symbolic of the dominance of the community over the individual.