Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Windows of Metz
I will tell you more about the cathedral later -- some very impressive facts about the ratio of window surface to the overall building, which gives it a very special quality. And that's without even mentioning the windows by Marc Chagall (at least, the designs are Chagall's, I'll provide details about the glass-makers later).
But while I loved the building immediately and committed to returning before we left, both mine and Pater's hearts were instantly captured today by another church, a smaller one dating back at least to the 13th century, As soon as I began telling him it was my favourite church ever, he interrupted, "That's just what I was going to say!" And the windows designed by Cocteau are brilliantly matched to the church's soul -- it balances delicacy and solemnity, luminescence and gravitas beyond anything I've experienced. We're heading to dinner soon and I haven't the patience to fiddle with uploading but here's a sample photo that I hope hints at the church's beauty.