Tuesday, April 04, 2006

C/h/artres (outside)

C/hartres, built 1194-1260, in order to house the silk tunic or veil of the Virgin Mary, the Sancta Camisia, a relic given to Charles the Bald by the Empress Irene of Constantinople.

The cathedral is a major stop for pilgrims making their way on foot to Santiago de Compostela in Spain; I saw one singing outside the church's doors and holding the cockleshell that is the mark of a pilgrim of St. James, Santiago.

too many beautiful images to share all with you...but here is a Romanesque doorway, of the resurrected Jesus and the souls of saints in heaven, the heavenly Jerusalem in relation to which C/hartres cathedral was considered the earthly Jerusalem... and indeed was large enough to be a stone city, and house a medieval population of several thousand pilgrims at a time...

Saints and Old Testament figures crowned by different famous churches and palaces existant in the twelfth century...
Somehow it was hard to take a photograph that showed just how visibly tiny the town of C/hartres is, and the bright vivid line between the town and the green, green fields that surround it...but you can kind of see it here.
These soaring arches are flamboyant Gothic, meant to remind you of flames.
May it not ring until I climb down!... we could see an electric system attached to the bell, so no human bell-ringer hangs from its ropes anymore.
who is lucky enough to repair this peak...
the balcony I am standing on, in the late afternoon sun...


green!...
the shadow of the spire I stand in...
The Romanesque tower, as seen from the flamboyant Gothic spire... including the mysterious wonderful demonic lion-dog on its own rectangular booster column, next to the littler spires surrounding the main tower...
Flying buttresses as seen from above... too bad I am not a rock climber!

Flying buttresses, from another angle... this is the exterior of the apse. It seems to connect via a staircase to a religious administrative annex...maybe part of where the monastery school of C/hartres was, with its logicians, originally headed by Fulbert.
copyright 2006

5 Comments:

Blogger My Alter Ego said...

Your flying-butresses-from-above picture has an Escher-like quality. Nice photos.

By the way, why the Googleproofing?

4:07 PM  
Blogger mmf! said...

hey, thanks.

i google-proof because...it just seems like a way to reduce the number of people, esp. schoolkids, who might take one of my photos & use it without attribution. so you could say i still haven't gotten used to the concept of the internets yet. but i do seem to get a surprising lot of hits from google (mostly for one post on a squat on the rue de rivoli, although i was very proud to get a hit the other day from someone looking for "franciade.")

1:45 AM  
Anonymous Berlinerin said...

why the c-slash-h in the name? I obviously missed that day in important-things-to-know-about-the-world class.

4:46 AM  
Blogger mmf! said...

that's the anti-googling bit...

not a phonetic mark-up of the name or anysuch.

3:08 AM  
Anonymous Berlinerin said...

ohhhhh. I obviously missed the anti-googling day in the above mentioned class, too!

7:07 AM  

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