Thursday, June 25, 2009

Saint Billy's

This is Saint Guillaume (Saint William's) a church, first erected in 1300. I've never been inside, but I can tell you that the vaguely cubist appearance isn't just a result of my poor photography. The façade does not run perpendicular to the sides - which, if you look closely, forces the belfry into some odd geometric contortions to fit the roof. Apparently, the parishioners were so cheesed off with the architect over its appearance that they beat him, and took back half his fee.

Also notable - the church used to be near one of the city's old guard towers called the "Fisher's Tower." The weathervane on top (which is cut off in this photo, so you'll just have to take my word for it) is in the shape of an anchor, as a tribute to the church's river-going clientele.

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