After admiring the front of the church and the stained glass, we turn to leave.

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Walking down the aisle, we have time to take pleasure in the beauty of the window, organ, and statuary as well as the arched ceiling.

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This is a special piece of stained glass, depicting Mary ? above the town of Plombières, with the church itself just to her right.  Since the church is named Saint-Amé, I thought that might be who it was, but Saint-Amé was a Benedictine abbot and hermit and this figure looks feminine to me.  He was, however, from nearby, so who knows?

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You’ll notice here, as you will later when we visit the chapel high above the town, that people put up (bought, you can be sure) plaques saying “Thank you” (“Merci”) with their initials and the date or in memory of someone or another message.  On the wall outside the church, another plaque lists the names of those who died in the two world wars or who were sent to the concentration camps.  The past is still very much remembered here.

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  1. Amazing craftsmanship in that beautiful window. 🙂

    • I admire those who do stained glass, especially of this intricate type. I did a small, very simple piece once, but didn’t conceive the design myself. 🙂


  2. ecopoet says:

    , beautiful architecture

  3. That organ is lovely, and the window gorgeous!

  4. Allan G. Smorra says:

    The first photo really grabs me, Janet. It is a marvelous study in solitude. I can hear the muted sound of footsteps echoing off the stone walls.

  5. scr4pl80 says:

    Gorgeous. I still wonder how they get up there to play the organ.

  6. Emilio Pasquale says:

    I love that stained glass above the door. And the vaulted ceilings. What a beautiful place.

  7. What fabulous architecture and design!

  8. Solid old architecture that has something to say. What craftsmanship. I really like the plaques- thanks for including those.

  9. Leya says:

    I would have loved sitting there in the silence and solitude. A truly beautiful series, Janet. That first photo really says it all.

  10. Something about that first photo in particular gives me the chills. The space is just so immense, so ornate… There’s a real sense of sacredness and reverence in all those gorgeous details.