Versailles Saint Louis Cathedral


This is our Saint-Louis Cathedral that Louis XV built for his Polish wife, Marie Leszczinska. The cathedral is dedicated to the pious Louis IX, canonized in 1297, although venerated as a saint already during his life time. The saintly king died on crusade from dysentery. He contracted the disease while using his healing powers: many faithful soldiers believed his touch could deliver them from any ailment. This tradition survived till the days of the Sun King: Louis XIV touched the sick on Easter, Christmas and Pentecost; one time he layed his hands on three thousand people; after laying on of hands Louis XIV would fall ill, which only confirmed to him the seriousness of his quest. I hope that my readers appreciate the beauty and importance of this baroque building, for Saint Louis is a remarkable saint, not only because he is a patron of a whole plethora of French kings, but also because he is a patron saint of every Louis and Louise, as well as many Jennifer and Dylan; for more the choice of the name seems unusual, the higher is the probability of Louis or Louise hiding behind it.

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About versaillesgossip, before and after Francis Ponge

The author of the blogs Versailles Gossip and Before and After Francis Ponge, Vadim Bystritski lives and teaches in Brest France. The the three main themes of his literary endeavours are humor, the French Prose Poetry, the French XVII and XVIII Century Art and History. His writings and occasionally art has been published in a number of ezines (Eratio, Out of Nothing, Scars TV, etc). He also contributes to Pinterest where he comments on the artifiacts from the Louvre and other collections. Some of his shorter texts are in Spanish, Russian and French.
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