Sunday, 27 August 2017

Notre Dame des Domes, Avignon

This cathedral in Avignon is superb because of its front terrace and golden statue of Our Lady on the top of the clock tower. Looking up in the sun, she shines from high above the city market. It gives the cathedral this additional glamour and style.

The church itself was built like a fortress with tick defense walls. This 12th century construction has a dark and cold interior. Add a stone skull between a couple of angels and you start to shiver. A bit further in the church, sun light shines in and reveals the amazing paintings of the inner dome.

De kathedraal van Avignon is super omwille van zijn voorterras en het gouden Onze Lieve Vrouw beeld bovenop de kloktoren. Omhoog kijkende in de zon, staat ze te blinken boven de markt van de stad. Het geeft deze kathedraal dat ietsje meer, wat glitter en stijl. 

De kerk zelf werd gebouwd als een burcht met dikke verdedigingsmuren. Dit 12de eeuws bouwwerk heeft een donker en koud interieur. Voeg hier een stenen doodskop tussen twee engelen aan toe en je krijgt de rillingen. Iets verder in de kerk schijnt het zonlicht binnen en worden prachtige plafond schilderwerken in de koepel onthult. 
 
Notre Dame des domes avignon

Notre Dame des domes avignon Our Lady

Notre Dame des domes avignon tower

Notre Dame des domes avignon Jesus

Notre Dame des domes avignon altar

Notre Dame des domes avignon paintings

Notre Dame des domes avignon pope

Notre Dame des domes avignon stained glass

Notre Dame des domes avignon

Notre Dame des domes avignon

Previous Avignon article: Le Pont d'avignon, bridge on the Rhone River

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3 comments:

  1. The golden statue is wonderful, and seems to be the only bright spot outside. But the overall feeling, especially from the last picture, is one of gloom, tragedy, and darkness.

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