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Eglise St. Jeanne d’Arc de Rouen

is also a church, but an unusual one.

This church is very modern, similar to St. Joseph in Le Havre, but much different. The similarity is only in being modern and unusual.

The shape of this church is like ocean waves.The bell hangs outside under a small roof directed to the market halls. The church and the market halls are connected by parts of the roof and the same in style. The highest wave forms the tower, but in front of the church is a very high cross instead of locating it on the tower.

This church is Continue reading “Eglise St. Jeanne d’Arc de Rouen”

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Cathedral Notre-Dame de l’Assomption in Rouen III

What do you expect to find in an old, gothic cathedral? Chairs, crosses, candles, bells, statues of angles and saints, altars, graves. OK, whom do you think is burried in the graves? Church dignitaries, the architect, kings, royal family members or members of the local sovereign. OK, and in France? The same. Continue reading “Cathedral Notre-Dame de l’Assomption in Rouen III”

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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) Continue reading “Cathedral Notre-Dame de l’Assomption in Rouen II”

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Cathedral Notre-Dame de l’Assomption in Rouen

This is also a gothic cathedral .

I was kind of surprised of the bad shape of this cathedral. Many figurines, usally standing outside in the fasade or on the roof, were lined up inside. Each with a note, where its usual place is. They were in extremly bad shape. You already saw photos of gargoyles damaged by erosion and the aicd rain, but these figurines looked worse.

You know, each romanic or gothic cathedral has wonderful colorful glass windows. But here were only very few of them. Nearly all windows at the sides and also those, not in the primary direction on view, were of milky glass instead of colorful glass. Also, parts of the entrance side were covered by scaffolds and canvas for fasade reconstructions. It seemed to me, we were in the late 1940s or 1950s, when some (many) of the war reconstructions were not already done. But it is 2012 and the last war is over for 67 years. Continue reading “Cathedral Notre-Dame de l’Assomption in Rouen”

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Visiting Rouen

Rouen is the capitel of the Haute-Normandie. The city is much more crowded then the others we visited. But it is also a nice city. Many old houses are still there and nice places (squares / plaza). Many of them have interesting decorated facades. You also shoud visit the palace of justice and the oldes hotel of France.

Rouen also has a famous cathedral and a memorial to Jeanne d’Arc. Both of them will have their own posts.

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