I’ve been to church!

St Maclou
St Maclou

I found this church in Rouen, called St Maclou’s. Turns out that it is named after a Welshman called Mac Low. Not only that, but the town in Brittany called St Malo is named after him!

Anyway, not by any stretch of the imagination is this church the nicest one I’ve come across, but it did have something about it and I enjoyed my visit so much, I stayed for mass.

I love the way the French sing during mass, and I love the way they turn and shake hands with anyone who is close to them during the sermon. Despite being brought up catholic I’ve never seen this happen before although friends of mine say they have.

I’m going back to take some more pictures later as the ones I have got were taken on a very high ISO and Canon hadn’t sorted out a decent noise filter for the 5D grrrr

Even before Jesus, Lincoln was around!

Lincoln cathedral
Lincoln cathedral

Well, they say that there was an iron age settlement in Lincoln in the century before Jesus was born, so that makes Lincoln pretty old.  Not that you can tell instantly, it appears as any other city when you first drive in and I admit I only visited to see the cathedral.

I arrived at night and so got that great night view from a couple of miles away. However visiting the next day was great and Lincoln remains ones of the best cathedrals I’ve ever visited. Notre Dame, St Eustace, St Leu and Durham all have their own draw, but Lincoln remains the best one for me for several reasons.

As you walk around it, it has managed to retain a dignity in it’s environment. When you think of the broken backs of the excruciatingly poor believers who paid for this cathedral, that’s very important. However, the building is humbling even before you enter it and that again is how it should be given it’s purpose.

The choir is clean and large and impressive, the transept light and airy and inviting, the eastern sunlight impressive as it shines through the stained glass windows.  It dominates the city from the top of it’s hill and seduces you as soon as you enter with it’s warm light and homely feel. This is a fabulous cathedral and I love it.