Weekly Photo Challenge: ENDURANCE, 3

Before this week’s challenge slips away, I want to include some architecture with remarkable powers of endurance. This is the little Romanesque church in Taizé, France, the yearly destination of thousands upon thousands of pilgrims, especially young adults. (Romanesque in European art terms means medieval architecture from approximately the year 1000 into the 13th century.) It was Pope John XXIII who gave the church to the ecumenical community of Taizé, after he visited and exclaimed, “Ah, Taizé, that little springtime!” Winter, spring, summer, fall — it is always springtime in the heart at Taizé:

Romanesque Church at Taizé

The walls are so thick here, it seems sure that they will stand at least another 1000 years. And they enclose a silence that is so profound it seems to ring in one’s ears. The thrice-daily prayer in the Taizé community’s large Church of Reconciliation is wonderful, with its darkness and its candles, its flowers and its icons, its chants and its silences. But the silence in the little Romanesque church is of another order entirely. Two reasons for a visit to the little village on the hill!

Window in the Roman Church

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6 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: ENDURANCE, 3

  1. bhawnavij says:

    I’m surprised to find a post about Romanesque architecture. Just a few days back a certain building in the vicinity called “Elphinstone college” was in news and reference was made to its “Romanesque transitional” style. I had been wondering for a few days what “Romanesque” meant and here is your beautiful post about the same. Buildings of that era are truly a good example of endurance and permanence.Thanks for posting. B.

    • Touch2Touch says:

      What a neat example of serendipity in action!
      There’s a lot of Romanesque architecture in the part of Burgundy we used to visit, and I really love its strength and simplicity, at least simple compared to the Gothic that replaced it!

      • bhawnavij says:

        I find examples of both revivalist styles from early 20th century, around the place I am currently staying and I love them both equally. Beautiful and simply well done buildings have a strong sense of energy about them which I find missing in many of the new construction here in India.

      • Touch2Touch says:

        Very interesting, bhawna! Thanks for coming by. I think simple is always scarce, whether in clothes or architecture. And it always costs more!

  2. Stef says:

    I would LOVE to visit this site! Hopefully one day….

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