Monday, November 4, 2013

FR-316301 & NL-2061401

Officials from France and Netherlands, both with great french churches. 

© M. G. Editions
FR-316301, sent by Agnès.
These are some of the churches in the Saône-et-Loire department, in the Burgundy region, central France. 
The churches are located in: Mâcon; Autun; Louhans; Chalon sur Saône; Paray-le-Monial; Mont St. Vincent; Cluny; Anzy-le-Duc; Semur-en-Brionnais; Tournus; Digoin; Charnay-lès-Mâcon and Chapaize. 

NL-2061401, sent by Anne.
The card was sent from the Netherlands but it shows one of the most famous cathedrals in France, Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. 
One of the most notable monuments in Paris (and in all of Europe for that matter) is the Notre Dame Cathedral. This Catholic treasure is over 800 years old. It is located on a small island called the Ile de la Cite in the middle of river Seine. The building of the cathedral was completed over the course of 200 years; it was started in 1163 during the reign of King Louis VII and was completed in 1345.
As is the case with most notable historical monuments, The Notre dame Cathedral Paris has its own share of both the glorious and the tragic historical moments that will forever remain indelible in the mind of people everywhere. Among them is the crowning of Henry VI of England right inside the cathedral in 1431. The Cathedral was at one time in a stage of total disrepair and close to the point of being demolished, but was later saved by Napoleon who himself was crowned Emperor in 1804 inside the Cathedral.
After restoring the Cathedral back to its formal beauty and in the midst of World War II, it was rumoured that the German soldiers might destroy the newly installed stained glass. It was therefore removed and only reinstalled again after the war had ended. - in:

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