Though we travel the world to find the beautiful

we must carry it with us or we find it not

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, January 31, 2011

Exquisite South Rose Window........

This magnificent South Rose Window
in the Notre Dame Cathederal Paris
was a gift from King Saint-Louis.
It was originally installed in circa 1260
Now that's a long time ago!!!

It remains today ever so beautiful with it's
superb colourings predominately in the blue tonings

The exterior of the window with delicate fine stone tracery.

Notre Dame is said to be France's most visited monument,
with over 13 million visitors each year
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TK said...

I love stained glass Flinders Street Baptist called the rose window which is really pretty - I have written a poem about it!!

TK said...

that should read...there is one in Flinders Street Baptist called the rtose window...TK xx

Dianne said...

TK - I must take a look next time I'm in town - I'm sure it is very pretty. xx

Arija said...

Notre Dame, Chartres, Amiens, Rouen, Beauvais and Reims are all quite splendid.

The stained glass in Chartres is unbelievable as is the incredible feeling of really being in a house of God.

Amiens unfortunately, was so heavily bombed in WWII, that not much of the original has remained although it has been restored to the old plans.

Rouen had it's wonderful windows destroyed.

It is disheartening how much history, not just life, is lost in wars.

Dianne said...

Arija - how tragic when history like that is lost - a lot of it irreplaceable

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Notre Dame is beautiful but have you seen the cathedral at Reims? This is the most stunning place I have ever seen; see the post on my blog. Sadly I had an old camera when I took the photos and they were not the best. Diane

Dianne said...

Diane:- yes found that post - the stained glass windows are just magnificent - the exterior of the building is very similar to Notre dame paris but the interior very different - I love it

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Circa 1260 - that IS a long time ago. Lovely as always Diane.

Cezar and Léia said...

Two precious pictures!I'm enchanted by so beautiful stained glass!
And the Cathedral composition shot is perfect!

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Beautifully photographed, Dianne. The exterior shot is taken from a great vantage point with the full view of the buttresses.

Very nice!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Dianne,

Lovely to see your post as we are hoping to go and visit Notre Dame tomorrow.
Your photographs are always so wonderful.
I hope that you are having a great week.


Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

This is breathtaking. I love the colour palette. Why is everything in Paris/France so beautiful?!

ParisBreakfasts said...

very exquisite indeed!

Trotter said...

Fabulous! Speechless...


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