When entering Rodez from the west the view on the mighty Gothic Cathedral of Notre-Dame is impressive.
|Cathedral of Notre Dame in Rodez|
|As you would expect: Saint Mary everywhere|
|A gentian schnapps|
|Red Baron's frugal but tasty lunch in one of the bistros at the market place|
Clairmont-Ferrand is the city of Michelin, the famous inventor and maker of tires. From our hotel we walked to the Cathedral Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption, passing on the way the Romanesque Basilica Notre-Dame du Port.
|Notre-Dame du Port seen from a courtyard|
|The interior of the Romanesque basilica is even more impressive than the outside|
|The Cathedral Notre-Dame de l'Assomption seen from the roof of our hotel|
|Pope Urban II started it all in Clermont in front of the cathedral |
on November 27, 1095, when he called for the First Crusade.
|The Gothic interior of Notre-Dame de l'Assumption|
Annunciation, Visitation of Mary, Birth of Jesus, Angels announcing Christ's birth to the shepherds, Adoration of the child by the shepherds, The Three Magi contemplating the guiding star, The Magi before King Herod, Adoration of the Child by the Three Magi.
Are we not back to to icons and Emojis nowadays?
|Stained-glass windows as Biblia pauperum|
|Where did the poor souls of all those people guillotined end up?|
On our way back home we made a stop at Chalon-sur-Saône. It was the time of the morning market but two other items caught my attention instead:
|Molière et la Ménagère at the Place du Théâtre by Philippe de Lanouvelle|
|Nicéphore Niépcy, the inventor of photography, was born in Chalon-sur-Saône|
|Red Baron wanted to visit Nicéphore Niépcy's Museum |
but our tour coach in the back signalled me to hurry up.
This ends the tetralogy about my visit to the cathedrals down south:
L'Abbaye Sainte-Marie de Fontfroide, Narbonne, Carcassonne