The human condition along with death, mortality, vanities and repentance are ripe for contemplation when seated in a prie-Dieu atop one of the some 375 magnificent inlaid marble tombs which make up the flooring of one of the world's greatest cathedrals, St. John's Co-Cathedral in Valetta, Malta. Built in the 16th century by the knights of the Ordre de Saint-Jean de Jérusalem, the high Baroque cathedral was commissioned by a French chevalier and Grand Master, Jean L'Evesque de la Cassière.
un chevalier de Malte: a knight of Malta
un soldat pontifical: a papal soldier
un prie-Dieu: a low chair from which one kneels to pray
s'agenouiller: to kneel down
©2013 P.B. Lecron