Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Church of the Assumption

Our focus during our overnight stay in Bidarray was this unique church and its surrounding Basque cemetery. Built in the 12th century, the church was 'modernized' during the 1600's. In an area dotted with white houses trimmed in either red or green shutters, the church's rosy stone topped by the ochre walls makes an interesting visual statement...






as does this interesting bell tower and porch which reminded me a lot of the faux facades of buildings constructed in the western towns of the American frontier in the 1800's.
There was a funeral in progress when we arrived at the church, but Edith and I were able to enter after it was over. We were blown away by the bright orange vaults and ribs overhead! Very different from anything I've seen before. I'll tell you more about the funeral and cemetery in my next blog post

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