Our Parisian Vacation, part 13

July 16, 2012

Day 5 began cloudy. We got up early and headed to the tourist office where we waited for our guide, Serge. He would train one young man, and we’d be accompanied by two sisters visiting from Canada–making our party six.

It was a two hour drive to Reims. The clouds finally parted as we entered the champagne region of France. First stop was Notre-Dame de Reims, built in the 13th century.

Serge explained that because books weren’t widespread, through statues stories were told on the cathedral walls to scare the people into obeying the church.

In one such story, a bishop gets beheaded.

Serge also explained that kings were crowned here, not in Notre-Dame de Paris.

Statue of Joan of Arc (Jeanne d’Arc), “Maid of Orléans”.

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  1. terence duff says:

    yes Reims is abeautiful Cathederal
    I am niot sure I agree with Serge that that he carvings were put there just to scafre peoplw into obeying the churcg, the theology of both heaven and hell was in place but don’t forget purgatory which is a bit like the punishment of the buddhist hells only temporary.And didn’t I see a carving of a bishop being taken by a devil for punishment in the facade. Yes hell was an equal oprtunity oppressor LOL. Still it is great you saw one of the great mediaeval cathedrals.
    By the way the reason a cathederal is called that is because the bishop chair in latin is a Cathedra. Just as an Abbey is church of an Abbot head of a monasatry

  2. Lydia Lee says:

    I was taking his word for it because he’s from the country and a licensed tour guide, but maybe he is incorrect. He didn’t say anything about Heaven and Hell specifically, just that each section represented stories from actual incidents in history. For some reason the idea of a religion as fear-based does not surprised me. :o

    It was gorgeous! Can’t wait to go back!!

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