Category Archives: PHOTOGRAPHS I FORGOT I HAD: INTERNATIONAL.

Tour de l’Horloge (1490-97), Évreux, France, and other International Photographs.

PHOTOGRAPHS I FORGOT I HAD: INTERNATIONAL. Sometimes with brief explanations.

Tour de l'Horloge (1490-97) Évreux, France.

Tour de l’Horloge, 1490-97, Évreux, France, November 1, 2002.

Entrance, Chenonceau, 1514-22, France, May 24, 2005. Le Château des Dames.

Gargouille (Gargoyle) or Chimera (Stryga), Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris, July 12, 1979.

Tourists can visit the “gargoyles” on the façade of Notre-Dame in Paris by reaching the passageway to the outdoor balustrade of the tower base. There is a second balustrade at the very top of the tower but it is not open to the general public.

The exuberant Gothic design of the Cathedral, a stone structure that dominates the Île de la Cité in this most ancient part of Paris, was built in stages. A project instigated by the Bishop of Paris, Maurice de Sully (in office, 1160-1196), commenced with the construction of the choir in 1163. The front portals followed around 1200. The next stage included the towers which began their ascent into the Paris skyline in the 1240’s.

Gargouille (Gargoyle), Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris, July 12, 1979.

From the ground level upwards to the top of the cathedral every detail of the building is meticulously construed. One of its world famous and popular attractions is the various gargoyles: birds, humanoids, chimeras, etc., that dot the medieval building. With changing artistic taste, the Gothic period architecture was mostly reviled in Paris after about the year 1400. Accompanying political and cultural events in the nineteenth century–especially the crowning of Napoléon I (1769-1821) as Emperor of France in Notre Dame de Paris in 1804 and the publication of the French Romantic Gothic novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo in 1831–public interest in Gothic design and Notre Dame in particular (which had fallen into great disrepair) was revived. Under French architects Eugène Viollet-le-Duc (1814-1879) and Jean-Baptiste-Antoine Lassus (1807-1857) most of Notre Dame was overhauled in the 1840’s. As with many of its medieval-style treasures, the cathedral’s many gargoyles also underwent some reconstitution but the question remains as to how many precisely were reconstituted and to what specific extent.

Le Prieuré Maurice Denis (Courtyard), Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France. October 31, 2002.

The Collegial Church of St. Gertrude, 11th century, Nivelles, Belgium, March 1, 1992.

Collegial Church of St. Gertrude, Nivelles, Belgium.

PHOTOGRAPHS I FORGOT I HAD: INTERNATIONAL. With brief explanations.

Collegiate Church of Saint Gertrude, Nivelles, BelgiumThe Collegial Church of St. Gertrude, Nivelles, Belgium – March 1, 1992.

The westwork’s appearance is the result of a reconstruction finished in 1984 following severe damage during World War II from bombing by the German Luftwaffe in May 1940. The church was built in the 11th century to serve a Benedictine abbey of cloistered nuns whose first abbess was St. Gertrude of Nivelles. This dramatic church is classified a major European Heritage site and remains one of the finest examples of the Romanesque style in Belgium. Its Romanesque crypt is one of the largest of its kind in Europe where Merovingian and Carolingian tombs have been found.

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