Before the Fire: Gates

Gate on Northeast Side of Notre-Dame de Paris

Detail of a gate on the north side of the cathedral of Notre Dame, Paris, France

In honor of the devastating loss of so much of  the cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris, I am going to try to use photos from my last trips to Paris to respond to challenges this week. Like this one, some of them may be repeats.

Join Terri’s Sunday Stills: Gates

We Mourn for Our Lady of Paris

Le Monde est en Larmes

Notre-Dame de Paris

Avant le feu

 

 

 

Windows for the Soul

Inside Looking In

Inside the priory of Our Lady Church, Aarhus, Denmark

Looking from a hallway into one of the rooms in the Vor Frue Kloster (Our Lady’s Priory), part of the  Vor Frue Kirke  (Our Lady Church) complex in Aarhus, Denmark. I couldn’t tell the purpose of the room from the brief glimpse through the slotted window. The priory was built by the Dominicans in 13th century.

Join Nancy’s A Photo A Week Challenge: Unexpected Windows

Heavenly Bodies

If you are going to be in New York City before October 9th, you must take the time to see Heavenly Bodies, an exhibit at two locations of the Metropolitain Museum of Art. Today I went to The Cloisters, part of the Met, to see what is actually the second part of the show. Medieval art and architecture are juxtaposed with 20th and 21st century haute couture fashion. Incredible. I can’t wait to see the rest tomorrow.

The Cloisters is a combination of architectural elements from European medieval churches and church related buildings, including four complete French cloisters. I don’t have a lot of information on each area.

Apse from a Spanish church. Wedding dress by Balenciaga. Wonderful lighting design.

By Viktor & Rolf, Dutch, 2018, original design 2000.

Thom Browne, wedding dress, in hall of unicorn tapestries. The Unicorn in Captivity, c. 1495.

John Galliano, House of Dior, 2006, inside staircase possibly belonging to King Francis I. Design relates to Machiavelli, whose writing were outlawed by the church.

Valentino, 2015 and The Annunciation triptych. Painting, workshop of Robert Campin, c.1427.

House of Dior, 2018, original design 1961, Marc Bohan. Wedding dress.

A few of my other favorites.

The last one is by Alexander McQueen, 1997/1998.

On a side note. I am so pleased with the quality of the photos from my new Samsung 9+. Only one of the photos has been edited

Pink It Is #3

Grotto Pink

Rose Quartz, Grotto of the Redeemer, West Bend, Iowa

Wall detail from one of the circular stairs leading to the upper levels of the Grotto of the Redeemer, West Bend, Iowa. In addition to rose quartz, you can also see the use of crystals, geodes, saltwater shells, and minerals (turquoise).

Join BeckyB’s Square in September: In the Pink. Photos must be square, and for September, have to contain something pink. See this link for more information on how to take part in BeckyB’s quarterly square challenge..

Floral Ambiance

High Altar Ambiance

High Altar, Trinidad Church (Iglesia de la Trinidad), Porto, Portugal

The high altar in Trinidad Church, Porto, Portugal, was decorated with vibrant flowers. Flowers were placed throughout the church on all the side altars and other spaces with surface areas. I don’t know it was a special occasion or religious holiday. It was at the end of May. If anyone knows the background on this use of flowers, please let me know. I was fascinated by the stepped structure behind the altar itself. I saw several altars with this type of stepped backdrop in Portugal but don’t know the symbolism.

Side altar, Trinidad Church, Porto, Portugal

 

Join the Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Ambiance, which is looking for an outdoor or indoor floral display.

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