Thursday doors…une chapelle française

Posted: May 28, 2020 in Thursday doors
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Since I’m unlikely to be visiting France this year, let’s take a look back at my visit last fall and a chapel not far from where my sister-in-law lives. It’s the Chapelle Sainte-Ursule (Esboz) which we drove past many days. But when we finally stopped, the door was locked.

I tried to look up information about it, but there didn’t seem to be any. The Encyclopaedia Britannica has this to say about St. Ursula:

Saint Ursula, (flourished 4th century, Rome; feast day October 21), legendary leader of 11 or 11,000 virgins reputedly martyred at Cologne, now in Germany, by the Huns, 4th-century nomadic invaders of southeastern Europe. The story is based on a 4th- or 5th-century inscription from St. Ursula’s Church, Cologne, stating that an ancient basilica had been restored on the site where some holy virgins were killed. Mentioned again in an 8th- or 9th-century sermon, the number of maidens increased to several thousand, reportedly martyred under the Roman emperor Maximian. In Jacobus de Voragine’s Legenda Aurea (1265–66; Golden Legend) Ursula is a British princess who went to Rome accompanied by 11,000 virgins and was killed with them by the Huns on the return from the pilgrimage. The discovery at Cologne in 1155 of an ancient Roman burial ground believed to contain these martyrs’ relics inspired additional legends. Ursula is the patron of the Order of St. Ursula (Ursulines), a congregation of nuns dedicated to educating girls. In the 1969 reform of the Roman Catholic church calendar her feast day was reduced to observances in certain localities.

Here’s a closer look at the door as well as the First World War monument remembering the children of Esboz-Brest “dead for France.” (The town hall building, which you can see at the link, looks similar to the chapel in style only larger.) You’ll find monuments to those who died in WWI and WWII all over France, a somber reminder of the past.

The lovely stone wall that extends from the side of the chapel encloses a cemetery and has, of course, a gate (i.e. “door”).

These two are very special doors. A friend back in Illinois saw these placemats and, knowing my love for doors, sent me a set. I think they’re kind of wonderful and very French looking. 🙂

I hope you’re all safe and well and enjoying this week’s round of Thursday Doors, hosted by our very own Norm of the North (not sure if he’s related to Nanook of the North or not, but you never know.) Drop by for a heaping helping of doors every week or participate if you so desire. After all, we may not be going through many doors for some time and this way is perfectly safe! No masks required.

  1. TiongHan says:

    the last photo I find simply stunning!

  2. beth says:

    what a beautiful little chapel

  3. Dan Antion says:

    This is a wonderful doors post, Janet. I love the close-up of the door and monument. The front of the church is so nicely accented by the door and the stone block corners.

  4. I love the doors on your placemat, those are perfect. I took pics of a giant door in Qatar for you in Feb and forgot all about it. Now I’ll have to go look for it to send you. Every time I see interesting doors and beautiful gates I think of you. I am going to miss your annual trip to France, too. Always look forward to your blog and photos.

    • I’m going to miss my trip to France, too, but I’ll look forward to seeing your door photos. It makes me happy to read that you enjoy the blog and photos. Thanks!

  5. We are all mumbling about not traveling.
    Iron gates with their elegant designer across a scene are always an eye catcher.
    Great aging doors, too

  6. Ally Bean says:

    That’s a lovely little church. The wooden doors are inviting, aren’t they?

    • I long to see the inside. Sometimes the smaller chapels are very plain and sometimes they’re quite ornate. You never know what you’ll find, which is part of the fun.

  7. Sue says:

    Love your placemats!!

  8. Norm 2.0 says:

    Yes I think it’s going to be quite a while before overseas travel feels like a good idea. In the meantime we can each continue sharing and admiring our own little corners of the world on here. And, as you say, “No mask required” – Thanks Janet 🙂

    • Or keep digging into the archives. It would be problematic enough if the airlines were leaving the middle seats empty, but evidently most/some? of the aren’t and even a mask isn’t going to help enough, I don’t think. Overseas trips are so long anyway that wearing a mask the entire time wouldn’t be my idea of fun.

  9. DrJunieper says:

    Am trying to understand the killing of the virgins – they could not have been a threat, or? Maybe it was the prize of male chauvinism, or … ? An unsual shape of building, Janet! How nice of others sending you pic of doors:):)

    • That “picture” is a placemat, Jesh. She sent four of them. Wasn’t that a great gift?

      • DrJunieper says:

        Oh what a neat gift, I didn’t put the two together: the picture, and the placemats!
        How is the reversal going on in your area? Here the sit-down restaurants are open. Hair salons not yet.

      • Here’s where Arizona stands now:

        Arizona allowed retail stores to do in-person business again from May 8 with strict physical distancing.

        Gov. Doug Ducey said new coronavirus cases are declining “Arizona is heading in the right direction.” Barbershops and salons were included in the May 8 reopening order, although all businesses are required to maintain social distancing.

        From May 11 Arizona restaurants were able to offer dine-in services again. The governor said the state is working with the industry to come up with specific distancing rules for restaurants later in the week.

        Ducey on April 29 extended the state’s stay-at-home order until May 15 with modifications. Under the new order, elective surgeries could begin May 1.

        Navajo Nation extended the closure of its government until May 17.

      • DrJunieper says:

        Great! Your governor seems serious about the reversal! Not that I’m against it, but how can a barber or hair stylist keep a social distance of 6 feet when they’re cutting hair?
        Enlighten me, why did you include Navajo Nation?

      • It was part of the article but I know they’ve been hard hit. As for stylists and barbers, they can’t. Lots of people here don’t wear masks either.

  10. lolaWi says:

    lovely chapel and doors, Janet. thanks for the history. very interesting 🙂

  11. That’s awesome having door placemats? A very special gift. The chapel is lovely too.

  12. restlessjo says:

    I like looking through the gate 🙂 🙂

  13. I really like the last one especially, lots going on and so much character!

  14. Resa says:

    Interesting bit of history here. I adore learning new(to me) things about history. Thank you!
    Neat varied choice of doors Janet!

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