18 December, 2007

Fenétre dans la coupole.


Here three things interest:

The first is the shape of the arch. That means something but I forget what.

The second is the window in the dome. What use could it have been?

The third is the blocked apex of the dome.

On the next visit I hope to get up there to check the top side and also get a shot at what that window is pointing at because it isn't there to provide a scenic view. Maybe it is there to let sunlight, moonlight or starlight in but if so why?

There is something similar built into the Panttheon at Rome. The difference is at Rome the apex is open. Might this dome at Aulnay have been too?

8 Comments:

Blogger Elsie said...

I've been thinking about this, Jack. How old is this church? Its magnificence must be inspiring. Great photos.

20:02  
Anonymous Jack in Paris said...

In truth it is just a very dark Romanesque country church.

The pointed arch shows an Islamic influence so this might indicate a date after the start of the crusades but this is one of those elephant arguments.

The question thus becomes: When were the Crusades?

Hello Elsie.

21:37  
Blogger Elsie said...

Happy New Year, Jack.

12:09  
Anonymous Elsie said...

Dear Jack,

Thank you for your kind words of support. I'm very sad to tell you that my dad died on Wednesday. If you're interested, you can look at today's projo.com. I think you'll know who he is. John "Jack".

I will be back as soon as I can. love to you and yours
LC

11:50  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, Jack.
Elsie

12:18  
Blogger Elsie said...

Just wanted to pop in to say hi. I'm getting a little worried about you, Jack. Hope all is well.
Elsie

13:18  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless you, Jack.

12:25  
Blogger Kraxpelax said...

Zeitgeist!

18:39  

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