Photo Friday’s challenge this week is “Elaborate.” I had difficulty deciding on whether to try to illustrate the verb elaborate (to expand on something in detail) or the adjective (marked by complexity and intricate detail). I decided, as you should see above, with the adjective, in the form of the Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal.
I’ve been to the Vatican and to the Duomo in Florence and a number of other basilicas in Rome, Siena, Florence and Pisa. For some reason, the Montreal Notre-Dame is my favorite basilica. I think it’s the darkness of the interior, mixed with the deep but brilliantly lit blues.
I was going through my photos from Montreal and found this one. It’s hard to believe that I haven’t posted this. I found Mary’s halo of stars quite interesting. I’ve not seen a great number of Catholic churches – I mean, I’ve been to Italy and seen more than my share – but I’ve not seen a church with a facade that looks like this. It’s simple and beautiful, and Mary has stars. I’m sorry. I can’t get over this. Does anyone know what it means?
The chappelle Notre Dame de Bon Secours stands in old Montreal and the rear of the building overlooks Montreal’s waterfront. Mary is keeping an eye out for danger. Good old Mary. She might want to keep her on that seagull.
I have little energy and little time. Sorry. Here’s the Notre Dame basilica in Montreal, Quebec.