drove to Le
Mans which was a substantial distance. When we arrived in
town, we went out for dinner and found a great place.
Later, we hiked the city (without my camera) and witnessed
something that I have never seen before: lights projected onto
buildings. There were 2 that were most noteworthy: a
medieval rendition of a play, with some interesting special
effects and music; and an awesome projection onto the Cathedral at Le Mans.
Sadly, without camera, I have no sharable record of these
The photos below are what we saw.
cathedral at Le
Mans is a wonder to behold. It is massive beyond words,
but like many other structures of the same era, needing constant
repairs due to weathering.
cathedral had extensive flying buttresses that supported the
main walls. And, plenty of gargoyles.
stone work on the windows.
are essentially demonic and were used by the church to convey
the concept of evil to the mostly illiterate congregation. This one is even
scarier since it has been eroded.
scope of the architectural effort put into this church was
side of the cathedral was an interesting fountain.
were impressive stained glass windows in the cathedral.
inside of the cathedral was at least 10 stories high.
the statues were quite well preserved.
not the world's best photo due to the darkness of the interior,
this set of carvings was one of the most intricate we saw.
of the stained glass windows were some of the best that we have
frescoes on the ceilings were quite well preserved and still
bible was on a massive cast iron stand.
inside of the cathedral is huge and had panel after panel of
stained glass as well as complex fluted columns.
carving. Note the feet to the bed.
carving was very well preserved.
organ was massive.
stained glass panel that shows a rural setting.
very busy panel was behind the altar.
the entrances to the cathedral had these detailed carvings that
were suffering due to freeze-thaw damage. Note the damaged
face on the left bottom.
continued to explore the old part of Le Mans. The older buildings
were very ornate.
alcove was covered in intricate carvings.
house was part of the cathedral and was probably the Bishop's
There is a viaduct through the hill that has the cathedral. The road is cut deep into the hill with cut stone sides.
water tap that still works. This is on the street at the
curb, so residents would bring their jugs for a full-up.
story here is the broken beam between the doorways. Note
that the right doorway has a cap that has taken into account the
sag in the beam.
of the Roman Wall in Le
Mans. Sadly, due to other constraints we were not able to
check it out in detail. The patterns in the wall date to
the Roman occupation.
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