Thursday, February 09, 2006

Senlis


Sunday afternoon (the 29th) David and I drove up to Compiegne to see Adolphe Adam's v. amusing opera Le Toreador - more notes per square inch than Rossini and Mozart including his brilliant variations on "ah, vous diri j'ai maman". On the way there we stopped in Senlis to see the cathedral and town.

The cathedral is glorious, the west end being Romanesque, proceeding thru early Gothic right into flamboyant as you can see from the picture of the south transept above. Very magical in the afternoon sunlight.


The town is quite old - founded by the Romans. There are houses from 12th-13th century up thru 18th.


A view towards the south transept.


Looking toward the Choir.

A view down the choir and nave towards the Merklin organ. You can see the arch above the organ is much lower than the nave vaults - there was a fire and the cathedral rebuilt - much taller and lighter.

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