Sunday, December 4, 2016

inSPIREd Sunday

In the foreground is the Tour Pey-Berland,
the belltower of the Cathédrale Saint-André, in
Bordeaux.  The church was consecrated
in 1096. Here in 1137, 13-year-old 
local girl
Eleanor of Aquitaine married the future Louis VII.
Most of the current structure was
in the 14th and 15th centuries, and as you
 can see from the scaffolding at right,
upkeep is ongoing almost 1,000 years later.

[To see more churches from around the world, go here.]


  1. Forty six years after her first marriage she could still belt out a damn good monologue. I was thinking about giving The Lion in Winter another viewing. A movie worth watching. A movie with a certain degree of origins in the site of this Bordeaux Cathedral.

  2. My grandmother's friend, Amy Kelly, wrote a major biography of Eleanor of Aquitaine, and my mother's name was Eleanor. Interesting bit of history here in your photo.

  3. I need to read more about Eleanor d'Aquitaine.... She was quite a gal.


Thanks, merci, grazie, danke, hvala, gracias, spasibo, shukran, dhanyavaad, salamat, arigato, and muito obrigado for your much-appreciated comments.