Saturday, March 1, 2008

Lausanne - Switzerland

These are just 2 of the cards my brother brought me from Lausanne while he was there with our family.

"Lausanne is a city in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, situated on the shores of Lake Geneva and facing Évian-les-Bains (France) and with the Jura mountains to its north. Lausanne is located some 50 km (31 mi) northeast of Geneva. It is the capital of the canton of Vaud and of the district of Lausanne." - in: wikipedia.

"Both impressive and fragile, the Cathedral of the French-speaking city of Lausanne is commonly described as Switzerland's finest and most representative example of Gothic architecture. Covered wooden stairs lead up to the Cathedral from Place de La Palud, the most typical square of Lausanne. A walk around the well-proportioned exterior walls give a first impression of what an architectural jewel the building is, with its most distinctive feature, a giant Gothic stained glass rose, overlooking the lake on its south façade.
The building was consecrated in 1275 as a place of Catholic worship but its initial structure remains unfinished to this day. For centuries a large crowd of pilgrims flocked to its doors and came to kneel in front of a golden and reputedly miraculous statue of the Virgin that gave her name to Notre Dame de Lausanne."
- in: http://www.askoxford.com/languages/culturevulture/france/lausanne/

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