The Things You Learn on Holiday

While looking at the impressive facade of Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral, back before the horrific fire and its resulting devastation, I noticed this headless statue holding its head and wondered its significance. It turns out that statues holding their own heads, when found outside a church or cathedral, identify a Saint who was martyred or…… Continue reading The Things You Learn on Holiday

Thursday Doors – Bayeux

I thought it might be fun to take a look at the same door, from both sides. You may recall seeing these grand doors from my B is for .. Bayeux Cathedral post. I like the fun pop of red in the middle of the cathedral’s imposing Norman-Romanesque facade. Step through the doors and turn…… Continue reading Thursday Doors – Bayeux

Thursday Doors – Barkerville

This week, let’s take a look at the entrance to St. Saviour’s Anglican Church in Barkerville. It’s easily one of the most recognizable buildings in the historic gold rush town. Built in 1868, the church is largely original and complete with its pews hand carved from local spruce trees. Owned by the Diocese of Cariboo…… Continue reading Thursday Doors – Barkerville

Saint-Gervais-Saint-Protais – A Closer Look

In yesterday’s post we took a quick look around this extraordinary church on Paris’ Right Bank (Rive Droite). Today we’ll focus on the impressive Tribune organ and the colourful and intricate stained glass windows. Let’s jump right in with the organ. Located at the rear entrance of the church, this large organ has been associated…… Continue reading Saint-Gervais-Saint-Protais – A Closer Look

Saint-Gervais-Saint-Protais – Let’s Head Inside

Walking through the striking purple doors of Saint-Gervais-Saint-Protais, I wasn’t expecting to find myself confronted by centuries of history. Truth be told, I was simply killing time when I stumbled upon what I assumed to be just yet another Parisian church. Built between 1494 and 1657, Saint-Gervais-Saint-Protais was a parish church before it became the…… Continue reading Saint-Gervais-Saint-Protais – Let’s Head Inside

Thursday Doors – Paris

This striking purple door marks the main entrance to Saint-Gervais-Saint-Protais church in Paris’ Marais district. Check back on Saturday, as we’ll be heading through the doors to see the incredible interior. Tomorrow I’ll be back with the latest installation in my Alphabet series. Bonne journée! Marla Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers…… Continue reading Thursday Doors – Paris

Château de Chantilly – The Chapel

Much of Château de Chantilly was demolished after The Revolution, and when it was later rebuilt in the late 1800s it was architect Honoré Daumet who was tasked with creating a chapel that would not only serve as a place of worship – but also as a new home for the Condé Hearts. As was…… Continue reading Château de Chantilly – The Chapel

Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere – Portico

To enter into Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere, you must first pass through its portico. While not an original feature, this current architectural feature was designed by Carlo Fontana back in 1702. So newish in relation to the church itself, but definitely not new. The walls are covered with an interesting assortment of tombstone…… Continue reading Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere – Portico

Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere

Today we’re headed to Rome, to visit one of my favourite churches; Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere. The site of Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere, or Our Lady in Trastevere for us anglophones, has a long history. Back in the 3rd Century it was home to a refuge for retired soldiers (Taberna meritoria).…… Continue reading Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere

Saint-Séverin, à l’extérieur

To follow up on yesterday’s post where we visited the inside of gorgeous Saint-Séverin church, let’s do a quick walk around its exterior. I say quick because I’m knee-high in camping gear and clothing, trying to pack for holidays. By the time this pre-scheduled post is published I’ll be enjoying myself in Oregon. But that…… Continue reading Saint-Séverin, à l’extérieur

Saint-Séverin, à l’intérieur

Around the corner from everyone’s favourite English bookstore in Paris is Saint-Séverin church. I came upon it by accident while aimlessly wandering, and only realised where I was when I looked up at the large building dwarfing me on the narrow street. Saint-Séverin made its way onto my ever-growing list of “must visits” for the…… Continue reading Saint-Séverin, à l’intérieur

Outside Cathédrale Saint-Sacerdos de Sarlat

Sarlat-la-Canéda is popular amongst tourists, and the architecture is one of its main draws. It’s easy to be impressed, especially when you find yourself wandering around Cathédrale Saint-Sacerdos de Sarlat. While walking along the perimeter ledge, we saw the Jardin des Enfeus – Sarlat’s first cemetery – and decided to take a closer look. We…… Continue reading Outside Cathédrale Saint-Sacerdos de Sarlat

Cathédrale Saint-Sacerdos de Sarlat

Today we’re visiting Cathédrale Saint-Sacerdos de Sarlat, a striking Roman Catholic church at the centre of medieval Sarlat-la-Canéda. Saint Sacerdos was the Bishop of Limoges in the 8th century, and his relics were brought to the cathedral in Sarlat, giving it its name. The church is an interesting mix of styles, resulting from the several…… Continue reading Cathédrale Saint-Sacerdos de Sarlat