Cathedral Notre-Dame de l’Assomption in Rouen II

Todays post is an extention to my last post on the same topic. The cathedral is very interesting from a certain perspective: Jeanne d’Arc

This woman, born in 1412, was killed on May 30th of 1431 in Rouen after a trial, where she was found guilty for heresy (meaning being opponent to the roman catholic church and teaching others about that). The real reasons instead were different.

During the 100-years war England was stronger than France from the military aspects, and she, even not a man, led the french army to a glorious victory against England. She offered herself to the franch king, because she had a vision to do so and was able to convince the french government on her godly assignment . Later, after her victories, she was captured and delievered to the English army and put to a trial. The French king instead didn’t investigated to get her free. So she was found guilty by the court and executed by buring her at the stake. 25 years later another court pronounced her innocent and declared her as a martyr. This is only a very brief overview of the story. Use wikipedia or go to your local public library to get more information about Jeanne d’Arc and the 100-years war in Europe.

Today you can find several monuments to honour her. One of these (yeah, we’re back at the topic) is located in the Rouen cathedral. A seperate altar in one of the side aisles is donated to her. In my last post I said, that many of the windows are simple milk glass, but here they are wonderful colorful and telling the story of Jeanne l’Arc.

The altar and the side chapel is completly differnent to the windows. While the windows are colorful and rich decorated, the chapel is quite dark with nearly no decoration, as you can see on the photo above. The few flowers are the only decoration there (there’s an overview photo in the slideshow on the bottom of this post). The window tells the story of Jeanne d’Arc. Start at the bottom and go to the top, where she is already prepared to get burned at the stake and one soldier has the burning torch in his hand.

There’s more to say about the cathedral as well as on Jeanne l’Arc. Look forward on mey next posts.

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