K’lee & Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge: Notions of Shadow and Light

Voltaire’s Shadow: Variations on a Theme

The statue of Voltaire, by French sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon, stands in front of his tomb on the crypt level of the Panthéon in Paris. The lights throw the statue’s shadow in three directions.The Panthéon is the final resting place for French national heroes. Voltaire,  a French Enlightenment writer, historian and philosopher, advocated for freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and separation of church and state. He was interred in the Panthéon in 1791, the second individual to be so honored.

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Thursday’s Special: Traces of the Past

Crenelations

Crenelated walls of Avignon, France

Crenelated walls dominate the roof lines in medieval Avignon, France. View from the Pont d’Avignon.

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Tuesday Photo Challenge: Time

Towering Time

16th Century Clock Tower, Aix-en-Provence, France

The back side of the clock tower in Place de l’Hotel de Ville, Aix-en-Provence, France. Located next to the City Hall, the tower was built in 1510. It is topped with a 16th century wrought iron cage that houses a bell, which still rings the hours of the day. White limestone blocks from a Roman era structure were support the base of the tower.  Facing away from the plaza, this clock face is simple and utilitarian. The front of the clock tower (oops, I missed getting that shot) is much more ornate and includes a 17th century astronomical clock and an 18th century urn commemorating the spirits of those who died in the French Revolution.

 

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