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CLUSIANA
Sep 26, 2011 8:56 AM CST
A quiet walk on the West side of the cathedral, along the fortification. For lovers, elders, anybody

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CLUSIANA
Sep 26, 2011 3:16 PM CST
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CLUSIANA
Sep 27, 2011 5:59 AM CST
Main nave and aisles of the Cathedral

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CLUSIANA
Sep 27, 2011 1:50 PM CST
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CLUSIANA
Sep 28, 2011 4:49 AM CST
Detail of a statue

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CLUSIANA
Sep 28, 2011 5:15 AM CST
Near the Prosterner (Altar)

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Imageirisloverdee
Sep 29, 2011 2:53 PM CST
Name: Dee Stewart
Willamette Valley OR
Snowpeak Iris
When I was much younger and did not know anything about Gargoules, they scared me but now knowing they are protectors, I love them and have several in the garden, altho being of resin they are starting to crack and will have to get new ones this coming year.

Let me finish canning then I can go back and enjoy and sauver each and every picture.

Next C you will have to do the different little shops in town. Yours will be so much better than here, as these are modern and common while I love the history in buildings always have even as a child, the older the building the more I wanted to see of it.

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Denise Stewart
541-259-2343
Snowpeak http://snowpeakiris.com

Imageirisloverdee
Sep 29, 2011 3:03 PM CST
Name: Dee Stewart
Willamette Valley OR
Snowpeak Iris
I hope some day to take that walk along the quiet path. The only place I have anything like that is one of my special places which is a covered bridge as we have either 5 or 7 within 15 miles of me

D
Denise Stewart
541-259-2343
Snowpeak http://snowpeakiris.com

CLUSIANA
Sep 29, 2011 3:06 PM CST
Old stores are disappearing here also Dee.
Glad to see you there and glad that you kike it. I am planning to show you all and hope everybody will enjoy.
CLUSIANA
Sep 29, 2011 3:10 PM CST
irisloverdee wrote:I hope some day to take that walk along the quiet path. The only place I have anything like that is one of my special places which is a covered bridge as we have either 5 or 7 within 15 miles of me

D

The quiet path is ten minutes walk from the house. Same for you driving I guess to go to your special place.

Imagevalleylynn
Sep 29, 2011 9:35 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
Maybe now that I understand more about gargoyles, they won't bother me so much. : )

I have always loved old buildings. We just don't have that kind of thing here in the U.S. Was such a treat when we went to Lebanon, people are still using building built in the time of Christ.
Imageirisloverdee
Sep 30, 2011 11:12 AM CST
Name: Dee Stewart
Willamette Valley OR
Snowpeak Iris
Never traveled overseas ever, and hope to some day.

We have the old 1870+ buildings in downtown Albany but nothing like this.

I have a baby gargoyle that is laying down at the field of either mom or dad not sure which that I love to pieces. As I said for years they scared me, but now that I know about them I love them, just not the really mean looking ones...

D
Denise Stewart
541-259-2343
Snowpeak http://snowpeakiris.com

Imagevalleylynn
Sep 30, 2011 11:28 AM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
I think it's the mean looking ones that make me feel uncomfortable.
Catherine, maybe you could give us a history of gargoyles.
CLUSIANA
Sep 30, 2011 1:50 PM CST
Did you read this Lynn
http://cubits.org/Tulipa/thread/view_post/763600/
Imagevalleylynn
Sep 30, 2011 4:41 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
Thank you Catherine, I had not read that. Now I understand more about the gargoyle. : )
CLUSIANA
Sep 30, 2011 9:51 PM CST
Running too fast Lynn?
CLUSIANA
Sep 30, 2011 10:17 PM CST
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CLUSIANA
Oct 1, 2011 9:48 AM CST
October 1st 2011

WOOD-PIGEON HUNTING OPENING DAY



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Fox, badger, weasel, genet

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Model of a wood-pigeon hunting shelter, fife players, wood-pigeon hunting stuff for sale

Wood-pigeons for bird call



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CLUSIANA
Oct 2, 2011 4:27 AM CST
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Notre Dame du Mercadilh

A church which fell ino disuse after the French revolution of 1789; This church was contructed in the 13th century by rich merchants of the town

CLUSIANA
Oct 3, 2011 5:47 AM CST
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The Cathedral


The present cathedral has succeeded several religious edifices built on the same site. They were all dedicated to Saint John the Baptist. According to the legend, a woman from the town who was in Palestine when the saint was beheaded, collectd a few drops of his blood and brought them back to the town. This holy relic was kept in this place of worship until the revolution of 1789, when a fanatic trew it into the latrines.

The first edifice built was a romanesque church destroyed by the Northmen in 853. Restored by Bishop Raymond, it was consecrated by the Pope Urban II when he preached the first crusade in 1096. It was in 1233 that Arnaud de Pins, bishop of the town, started the construction of an imposing gothic cathedral, the superb portal being all that remains. In 1561 the Huguenots took over the town and started to destroy the Cathedral. At that time the bishop was Arnaud de Pontac and to save the triple portal paid a ransom of 1,000 gold coins. At the end of the religious wars, Bishop Arnaud de Pontac took on the task of rebuilding the edifice using his own fortune. He died before the end of this great venture and his nephews finished the work in 1655.

The three portals are richly decorated. The North portal is dedicated to Saint Peter, the South portal to the Virgin and the central portal represents the last judgement. Starting from the outermost arch they represent the Confessor, the Martyrs, the Prophets, Angels and the 12 virtues trampling the vices, represented by monsters, underfoot. Many of that statues were destroyed during the French revolution and the statue of Saint John the Baptist in the centre dates from the beginning of the twentieth century.

Inside the edifice is 83 meters long, 23 meters large, and the vault over the central nave is 20 meters high. The portion situated between the cancel and the portal was reconstructed after 1576.

The front in the entrance reflects the vaults, Louis XIV, during his visit in 1659 was struck by this vision. 'it looks like a image vessel, overturned and resting on spindles' The stained-glasses windows date from the nineteenth century. They were donated by the people of the town, and replace simple white diamond-shaped windows.

From the chancel we can admire this magnificent rose windows which has the names of the 64 bishops f the town engraved on its petals. In the centre are His Grace Donnat, bishop of Bordeaux, and he Curate of the parish.

The organ has been recently restored.

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