June 5, 2015.
Part of our walk about in Rouen contained a visit to the city’s spectacular Gothic Cathedral.
A view of the Cathedral in Rouen through a windowless facade.The black spire in the middle is made of cast-iron.The interior of the cathedral was also spectacular.
The stained-glass ‘Rose’ window framing a ghost of the ruined facade outside.Another more modern stained-glass window in the Cathedral.Here a fun painting of a group of grinning deer-like demons are boiling people in a cauldron in Hell.The lighting was stunning on the grey tones of the cathedral’s interior and I did a whole post just on that.The biggest treat inside the cathedral was musicians setting up a practice session for a Mozart concert the next day – 20 or 30€ pp – and we got to listen for free!
The Cathedral at Rouen was a favourite of Claude Monet (he lived nearby in Giverny) and he painted many versions in different weather and lighting situations.My attempt at turning one of my photos into a sort-of Monet.More of our 2015 trip to Northwestern France.
I love the b&w interior shot of the staircase. The light and composition are wonderful.
What an incredible place! I just finished reading a novel centered around the old cathedral in Coventry England; I imagine it must have shared some of the same beautiful features before its destruction.
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