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Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Sabbatical art pilgrimage: Basilica Notre-Dame d'Espérance Charleville-Mezieres

My second visit today was to Charleville-Mezieres to see the Basilica of Notre Dame d'Esperance. Building on the basilica started in 1499 - and finished more than 125 years later, much of the building in the gothic style. Despite damage with the allied bombardments at the end of the first World War, the church remains essentially intact (or reconstructed as the original), except for the stained glass windows that had been destroyed and were replaced between 1956 and 1979 - these windows are by René Durrbach, a pupil of Albert Gleizes and a friend of Picasso. There are more than 68 windows which use a cycle of symbolic colours, figures, numbers and signs to take the viewer on a journey of salvation from creation to the celestial Jerusalem. See

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