Thursday, September 14, 2006
Postcards to Catholicgauze: Chartres
The second postcard to Catholicgauze is from the Cathedral of Chartres in Chartres, France. The post card is a photo of La rose nord (The North Rose).
The Cathedral has long been a symbol of French royalty. Queen Blanche of Castille donated the money necessary to build the windows in the early 1200s. The French lily and Castle of Castille are seen in several places. Christianity and French churches have a long relationship.
Note the various saints on the bottom. The Madonna in the middle and saint on the far right are Arabs (Orientals). The dress conveys a hybrid between the exotic while still having European undertones.
For more pictures of the Cathedral go here.