The Church of Saint Alpin,
in the Gothic and Romanesque style,
was built between the 12th and 16th centuries.
Dedicated to the eighth bishop of Chalons,
it includes his life-sized tomb in the central walkway.
Just before Christmas,
one spot in the church housed several nativity scenes
created by different artists.
Most of the time,
the nativity scenes do not include the baby Jesus
until Christmas Eve.
He is most often conspicuously missing.
But several of these included him.
Outside, we walked the streets where I
sometimes can't help but take photos of window displays...
such as these Santas and Christmas items made out of chocolate.
And this chocolate fountain!
Most cathedrals in any French town or village
include a monument to the dead soldiers
And below, the French flag
and names of the "Soldats morts pour la France."
An exceptional building.
The city of Chalons-en-Champagne
is filled with medieval houses
like the one below.
Next time I'll share some photos of the church in Paris
where we enjoyed a piano and accordion concert.
Thanks for stopping by!
nearly time to say Welcome to February.
(Photographs copyright: Kirsten Steen)
(Info via Wiki)