Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Inside the cathedral

 Cathédrale Notre Dame des Doms, Avignon

Tomorrow on Ascension Thursday there will be a mass at 10:00 AM at Our Lady of the Doms cathedral. Look how worn out the stone floor is. Between christenings, weddings, funerals, discreet week day services, grand Sunday masses, processions and special celebrations I wonder how many thousands of faithful have come here to worship over the centuries ?

Demain pour le jeudi de l'Ascension il y aura une messe à 10h à la cathédrale Notre Dame des Doms. Voyez comme les dalles de l'entrée sont usées. Entre baptêmes, mariages, enterrements, offices discrets en semaine, grande messe du dimanche, fêtes et processions, je me demande combien de milliers de fidèles sont venus se recueillir ici depuis des siècles.

18 comments:

Jack said...

Cheers, Nathalie. This high contrast photo is perfect, with the person in silhouette with sun flaring, and the detail of the worn flooring. Excellent!

Siddhartha Joshi said...

Nice! this is a cool pic Nathalie...is this someone you know?

Olivier said...

La photo est magnifique et cette entree est presque mystique

mirae said...

C'est magnifique. oui l'ame est seule en la rencontre avec la lumière.
merci, je t'embrasse.

Adrianne Molin said...

The shot was really stunning. The contrast effect of the image gives so much detail.


Puerto Azul

jeandler said...

A contre-jour
les pierres usées
les fidèles à genoux

Nathalie said...

Siddartha Joshi - no, it isn't someone I know. I took several shots as people entered and exited the church until I got a shot with someone positioned exactly right. Looking at it now though, I find the man has a military look which makes me feel somewhat uneasy.

Thérèse said...

J'aime beaucoup voir l'usure des dalles dans les églises...

Thérèse said...

Marcher où ils ont marché et non pas "marcher où ils sont tombés" comme dans les villes de far west aux US! :-)

Babzy said...

joli clair obscur :)

Tamera said...

Many tens of thousands, I'm sure. What a beautiful, evocative photograph.

│ˉˉˉˉ│∩│ˉˉˉˉ│ AVIGNON │ˉˉˉˉ│∩│ˉˉˉˉ│ said...

J'estime que ça doit faire un bon quatre-vingts millions de personnes en huit-cents ans !
Ce qui me semble peu pourtant...

Ces sacrés lieux de culte, ils ont toujours su exploiter la lumière à leur bénéfice... :)

Chri said...

La lumière comme personnage... Bravo!

AL said...

Very atmospheric, Nathalie...if that floor could talk!

Bob Crowe said...

The number would be uncountable. Faith is a powerful draw, although there are others at least as important. You might be able to sell this photo as a poster for a Stephen King movie.

Dina said...

Oh what a stunning photo!
Yes indeed, a place much prayed in.

Happy Ascension Day to you, Nathalie, from Jerusalem! Bonne fête.

Jilly said...

Wonderfully dramatic photograph. Full of textures and atmosphere.

JM said...

I just love the light on the floor. Fantastic!

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