Thursday, August 2, 2012


Aux défenseurs de Belfort 
To the defenders of Belfort
Le Lion de Belfort, sculpted by the Alsacian artist Auguste Bartholdi of Statue of Liberty fame, is a roaring 22 meters long and 11 meters high. The monument is installed at the base of a cliff in Belfort, just below splendid fortifications that were engineered by the Marquis de Vauban (1633-1707) during the reign of Louis XIV. Red sandstone blocks of the Vosges mountains were chiseled individually then assembled to form the gigantic lion which commemorates Belfort's 103-day resistance when under siege in the Franco-Prussian War, 1870-1871.
une falaise:  a cliff
le grès:  sandstone; also stoneware (pottery)
un défenseur:  a defender
rugir:  to roar
le rugissement:  roar

Belfort on the map of France.

©2012 P.B. Lecron

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