Thursday Doors – Reims

This week’s door can be found on the property of Basilique Saint-Remi. While it’s true that Champagne is what brought my friend, Stephanie, and me to the city, we quickly found several things that we wanted to check out during our visit. One of those things was Basilique Saint-Remi, the UNESCO medieval Abbey church that’s […]

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Thursday Doors – Paris

Fun fact: today is my birthday! To celebrate, I’ve taken the day off from working from home and will pretend that I’m in Paris. A Parisian Pandemic Birthday! So it’s only fitting that this week’s door be in Paris. I considered going with a gorgeous and ornate door, but I chose this one instead. Because […]

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G is for .. Stained Glass

G is for Glass. Stained glass. Said like a certain famous fictional spy who likes his favourite beverage shaken, not stirred. Yes, that’s right. In this installment of my Alphabet series, we’re headed to Reims to visit Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Reims.

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l’Abbaye de Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe – The Statues

Today we’ll take a look at statues on display at l’Abbaye de Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe. I’m not religious – or knowledgeable on Christian figures – but I enjoyed each these figures. Each is featured in its own alcove, surrounded by painted brick effect, and lit by light coming in through beautiful stained glass windows.

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Thursday Doors – Saint-Savin

This week’s door is from Abbaye de Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe in Saint-Savin, France. The church, a recognised UNESCO World Heritage site, is famed for biblical themed murals – many which date back to the late 11th Century. Just like last week’s door, this one caught my eye not for the door itself but because of its impressive […]

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Abbaye de Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe – The Bones

We’ve taken a look at the exterior, as well as the famed murals, of Abbaye de Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe in previous posts. Today I’ve decided to share some photos that I took of the bones of the church. By that, I mean architectural pieces that I found to be interesting. Sorry to anyone hoping to see real […]

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Abbaye de Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe – The Murals, Part 1

As I mentioned yesterday, Abbaye de Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe received UNESCO World Heritage status in 1983. The Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe is a masterpiece of the murals of the 11th and 12th centuries. Its outstanding character is due to its extraordinary decor, testimony to the art of representing and painting in western Christian medieval civilization. – UNESCO

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Abbaye de Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe

Thank you to everyone who voted yesterday. The winner by a landslide is, “Look up!”. So today I’m going to share with you a beautifully decorated church in France. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983, l’Abbaye de Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe is often referred to as the Romanesque Sistine Chapel because of its impressive murals (many […]

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Thursday Doors – Paris

We’re back in Paris this week to take a look at one of the many doors at the Church of Saint-Germain-l’Auxerrois.

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My Feet At ..

I thought I’d link back to a couple of posts to a fantastic church in Paris. Not only because I’m happy with my posts – but also because I recently rediscovered a short video I took inside.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Thursday Doors – Paris

This striking purple door marks the main entrance to Saint-Gervais-Saint-Protais church in Paris’ Marais district.

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Saint-Gervais-Saint-Protais

Oh look, another church! You’ve probably gathered by now that if I’m in Europe and see a church, it’s difficult for me to resist the urge to dip inside to take a closer look. My belief system doesn’t align with what these buildings represent – but I do enjoy nice architecture, history, and pretty or […]

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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.

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