Jan 8, 2013

Interiors Of Le Mont St. Michel, France

The plain classical facade of Le Mont St. Michel dates back to the 13th century. It faces west overlooking the sea. The interiors are simple, no colored glass panes. The windows have pale green glass panes with simple designs. Though simple in frames they definitely look elegant and light up the interiors very well. On a bright day, the light flooding in through these glass panes will definitely make a heavenly sight.


To support the massive weight of the steepled church at the top of a mountain and to give a strong foundation many underground crypts and chapels had to be built. The columns in the cloister have impressive dimensions and at the top are the criss-crossed arches (providing strength to the roof I guess). The interiors don’t have any modern touch or facelift (thankfully) and that has retained its old charm and mystique. Pilgrim or tourist, as you move from room to room hearing the stories, you recreate and imagine the stories and you are bound to leave the place enchanted.


1200 years of glorious history, unfortunately not much remains. Time and tide has worn off much of it! The various statues of saints and depictions of bible scenes were damaged during wars. Slabs of precious work that have escaped wars' fury are put up on display there. The original windows have all succumbed to natural calamities like storms and lightning, and also to human caused miseries like wars and fires. (Click to enlarge the pictures for details).

23 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

really beautiful!

Sylvia K said...

Amazing and beautiful indeed! Great shots as always, Indrani! Hope you have a great week!

Holz said...

Love the details of historical buildings!

Genie Robinson said...

You almost have to see these gorgeous structures in France and England to really appreciate them. They are so big and so very, very beautiful....and so very old. Your photos are lovely and bring the church to life. genie

Panchali said...

Great descriptions and beautiful pictures, Indrani!The white glasses make this gorgeous structure classic! Very unique interiors!:)
Thanks for sharing..

Cloudia said...

we feel the AGES!


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George said...

I believe these are the first pictures of the interior of this church that I have seen. Thank you for sharing these wonderful photos with us.

Kusum Sanu said...

Yeah, these medieval structures are really amazing. The high buildings with intricate delicate art are feast to the eyes!

Anuradha Shankar said...

Beautiful, Indrani!!! old buildings always have a special charm..

Meena said...

Ur descpton is definteley enchanting

Joop Zand said...

Good detail pictures Indrani.....nice place to visit.

Greetings, Joop

Ebie said...

Amazing! I love how you capture the statues with the light coming in. Gave a little tint!

magiceye said...

Beautifully captured as always!!

eileeninmd said...

Indrani, what a beautiful church. The lighting looks lovely coming thru the windows. Thanks for sharing this post. Have a happy week ahead.

Gary said...

Great captures!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

ladyfi said...

Fascinating and lovely!

Anu said...

Just beautiful...the darkness and little light that come from the giant windows makes it more divine.

Fun60 said...

It looks a magnificent churh. I love the columns and arches. You cannot help but admire the architecture and building skills of that time.

Carol L McKenna said...

Very creative shots of a magnificent edifice ~

A Creative Harbor) aka ArtMuseDog and Carol ^_^

Hazel Ceej said...

The columns and arches are unmistakably Europe! Enjoyed them.

R Niranjan Das said...

Looks wonderful!

SueAnn Lommler said...

Oh my!! Fabulous building...love the ceiling and the arches
And you captured it's presence so well
Hugs
SueAnn

Carver said...

You captured the details of the Church interior so well.