Friday, October 10, 2008

Notre Dame La Grande

Last Saturday, I visited one of Poitiers' cathedrals. Notre Dame la Grande is a Romanesque cathedral. Its construction began in the eleventh century. I have a preference for Gothic cathedrals, but Notre Dame la Grande is beautiful, and different from other cathedrals I've seen. I've never seen a cathedral with painted columns, and I love that each columm has a different pattern:

Here is the view down the nave:

One of the stained glass windows:

Another window:

And another:

Here is the organ:

It had been a while since I'd been in a cathedral. I had forgotten the smell. Inside, it smells damp and moist and oh so very old. It was wonderful.

1 comment:

Elena said...

Beautiful! Love the columns!