Stained Glass on the Chemin du Puy: A Photo Essay


[Saint Michel d'Aiguilhe Chapel]

Saint Michel d'Aiguilhe Chapel, Le Puy-en-Velay.

I don’t normally spend a lot of time in churches—or any other buildings dedicated to religion—but when I walked the Chemin du Puy, I stopped at just about every church and cathedral that was open along the way.

In some cases, they were true places of refuge: they let me escape the heat—and later the cold—of the walk. When I walked into my first city and was overwhelmed by the traffic and general busy-ness, I fled to the cathedral with its shafts of stained glass-tinted light.

The churches and cathedrals I stopped at were places of beauty, somewhere to sit and think, and maybe even pray.

I liked the oldness of them, and the simplicity. And I loved the windows with their stained glass.

These photographs—arranged in geographical order—are my celebration of those buildings and their wonderful windows.

[Saint Michel d'Aiguilhe Chapel]

Saint Michel d'Aiguilhe Chapel, Le Puy-en-Velay

[A church in Saugues]

St. Peter at a church in Saugues.

[Windows in Saint-Alban-sur-Limagnole]

Modern stained glass in Saint-Alban-sur-Limagnole: 1) Mary; 2) A detail of the same window;
3) Joseph and Jesus.

[Church in Saint-Côme-d'Olt]

Crucifix in the church in Saint-Côme-d'Olt.

[In Saint-Côme-d'Olt]

The same church in Saint-Côme-d'Olt.

[Stained glass abstract]

Also at the church in Saint-Côme-d'Olt.

[Church of Sainte-Radegonde]

The Church of Sainte-Radegonde in Saint-Félix.

[Saint-Jean-Mirabel]

The church in Saint-Jean-Mirabel.

[Abbatiale Saint-Sauveur]

The Abbatiale Saint-Sauveur in Figreac—where I fled to escape the city.

[Abbatiale Saint-Sauveur]

The Abbatiale Saint-Sauveur in Figeac again.

[Cahors Cathedral]

The Cahors Cathedral.

[Organ pipes]

Organ pipes at the church in Lauzerte.

[Stained glass in Lectoure]

A church in Lectoure.

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Posted by Anna-Marie Krahn at 8:54 am
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5 Comments

5 Responses to Stained Glass on the Chemin du Puy: A Photo Essay

  1. Robert Ward says:

    Sigh. Another gallery of point-and-shoot masterpieces.
    If you’d like to see some cutting-edge stained glass work, check out the portfolio of world-renowned Canadian artist Sarah Hall.
    http://www.sarahhallstudio.com/portfolio.html
    Sarah is linked to the Camino Frances through her work on the church of St Marguerite d’Youville, Brampton. Father Wayne Manne (who for several years delivered the blessing for departing pilgrims of the Canadian Company of Pilgrims) raised money for the windows by cycling the Camino. For more details, here’s the story as told by… Peter Coffman.
    http://www.sarahhallstudio.com/articles/article/66.html

    • Anna-Marie says:

      Those are gorgeous—thanks for the links!

      I should have the story on Peter Coffman and Oliver Schroer posted tomorrow….

  2. kelsey mason says:

    I love the photos in this essay. Each is different, and as usual, your story is interesting.
    Kelsey Mason

  3. Nancy says:

    WOW! Your photos are fantastic! I am considering walking the Le Puy route this Fall – thanks for the pictorial intro. Nancy

  4. Jane Pekar says:

    a beautiful rendition of how light through a window, coloured or plain tells it’s own story throughout the day….
    Particularly moved by the light on the chair and on the chairleg.
    Thank you for sharing Wayne