Visiting the Notre Dame de Chartres was one of the highlights of my recent pilgrimage to France. This basilica features the most spectacular rose windows in the world, and this is a photo of one of the three major windows.  From the inside, especially on a sunny day, one can see the beauty of the colors of these huge windows, and makes one truly appreciate the level of artistic work that people of that time had.  Most people know that the Church has always been the primary patron of the arts, but what many do not know is that, just like many things that the Catholic Church does and has, the rose window is a symbol – it symbolizes a well ordered soul. A typical rose window should have the image of God in the middle, although in this specific rose window, we see Jesus being carried by His mother. Around the center of the rose, we can see many other creatures, including angels and saints, and other symbols of the church. When I meditated on the windows, i couldn’t help but pray that my should can indeed be as well-ordered as these amazing works of art.

This is my entry to Ailsa’s Where’s My Backpack? Travel Theme Challenge: Symbol.



  1. you learn something new everyday. thank you!! 🙂

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