Saturday, August 18, 2012


High noon in Strasbourg: exterior and interieur views of the rosette of the city's splendiferous Cathédrale Notre Dame. Called la Grande Rose, the rosette is unique in that it represents wheat in the blade, source of bread and symbol of prosperity. After Notre Dame de Paris, the Strasbourg cathedral is the second most visited in France. For a virtual tour, as well as a "sphénoramique(TM)" visit in 3-D click here. (Sphénoramique is a registered trademark for high-resolution spheric panoramique photographs.)

le blé:  wheat; also the slang term for money
l'hostie:  special unleavened bread used for religious communion 
une rosace:  a rosette, a stained-glass rose window
le midi:  midday, noon

©2012 P.B. Lecron

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