|Reims Cathedral - The Virgin and Child.
The city celebrated the 800 years of its cathedral this year with classical concerts and numerous light-and-sound evening presentations which were beautiful, highlighting the whole of the cathedral in all its glory and drawing our attention to the elements that we tend to overlook. We often forget that the sculptures and stonework of cathedrals were originally far from the monochrome forms we somehow believe them to have been. Indeed, on the contrary, these were painted in vivid colours, mirroring the stained glass windows, and together these served to draw the atttention of the faithful to the might of God. I'm not sure how far back the paintwork on this Virgin and Child sculpture dates, but the effect is beautiful.
|Reims Cathedral in natural daylight - Christmas Eve.
Here's Once in Royal David's City, from Christmas 2010. It's just stunning....
Finally, wandering around I noticed that Nature never wants to be outdone - here's a natural cathedral
May you find beauty all around you!