Wednesday, July 30, 2008

"La bonne mère"

A few shots of Notre-Dame de la Garde, the basilica overlooking Marseille, which is actually interesting enough to comment on. It has, among other things, battle wounds from WWII, a drawbridge, several walls of photos reminiscent of an Italian restaurant, miniature sailboats hanging from the ceiling, a unique Romanesque-Byzantine style hated by many, a crypt rumored to be creepy cool (but sadly, only open on weekdays), and a prayer chapel that is hotter than –  well, better not say. And to top it all off (hehe) it's crowned by a gigantic golden mother and child. Who would guess little baby Jesus' wrist to be 1.1 meters around?


lillo said...

Very nice pictures! I wish I could see the drawbridge.

Swiss Ms. said...

Unfortunately we did not take any of photos of the drawbridge. There were about 4,000 people hovering around the entrance, so we were eager to get away from there.