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Northern France with kids!

By |2018-04-20T08:20:20+00:00August 15th, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|

Amiens labyrinth In northern France, drive first from Paris to Bayeux to see the Bayeux Tapestry. There are good audioguides for both adults and kids. Going through all the panels of the tapestry is as interesting as reading comic strips! If you have time, the next day check out Mont St. Michel. It's a great Romanesque [...]

Inside Reims cathedral – Nave and Transept

By |2017-07-31T09:49:52+00:00July 31st, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|

Elevation of the nave inside Reims cathedral One difference between Chartres cathedral and Reims cathedral was that at Reims they didn't build a deep gallery over the aisle. Instead, they just put in a shallow, fake gallery, that looked lighter. As at Chartres, this gallery is tiny compared to the big arches underneath. On the [...]

Reims cathedral – medieval France

By |2017-07-31T09:44:21+00:00July 31st, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|

Reims cathedral (begun 1211 AD) Reims was already an important Christian church in 496 AD, just after the fall of Rome, when the first Christian king of France, Clovis, was baptized there (the remains of the baptismal font are still there under the cathedral). After that, most kings of France were crowned in Reims (pronounced RANCE). The bishops of Reims wanted their [...]

Gothic Cathedral – Middle Ages – History of architecture

By |2018-04-16T10:32:24+00:00July 30th, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|

Gothic cathedral: Nave of Rouen cathedral (1200s AD) Northern France gets rich enough to build cathedrals In the late 1100s and early 1200s AD, the kings of France, Philip and his son Louis, whose capital was Paris in the north, managed to conquer the south of France and make it part of their kingdom. Now all [...]