PART 1 Scene 1: Approaching the church. Scene 2:…

PART 1 Scene 1: Approaching the church. Scene 2:…


Scene 1: Approaching the church.
Scene 2: Entering the church to find a wedding in service!
Scene 3: A few stills I was allowed to take without disturbing the wedding party. I was given permission to take these photos.

Notre-Dame de Bayeux Cathedral is a Gothic-style cathedral, located in Bayeux, France. We stopped in for lunch on our way back to the house in Bretagne. I do love this town for the river that runs through it, the scenic alleys, water mills, tapestry museum and amazing history. Bayeux was relatively untouched by the war.

Start of construction for this church began in the 11th century. The Gothic work began with the aisles of the nave around 1180 in a style directly borrowed from Île-de-France. Indeed, being in and around the church felt like a sister to Notre Dame de Paris. I’ve missed her so much since the fire.

And like NDP, this church has some wonderful bells – seventeen in total. There are two in particular that I find interesting.

The first is called “Thérèse-Bénédicte” in memory of Edith Stein (1891-1942). She was blessed on Friday June 6, 2014 by Cardinal Vingt-Trois, Archbishop of Paris. It rang for the first time on Saturday June 14, as part of the 70th anniversary  of General de Gaulle’s speech.

The second bell is called Rose-Françoise in memory of Rosa Stein (older sister of Edith Stein, who died in Auschwitz on August 9, 1942) and Father Franz Stock (1904-1948). This bell is sponsored by all anonymous donors and all anonymous victims of the camps. It was also cast in Villedieu-les-Poêles and decorated by Yannec Tomada.

Bisous from Bretagne,


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