The Cathedral at Bayeux was built by Bishop Odo, brother of William the Conqueror and wielder of a mace at the Battle of Hastings, as immortalized in the Bayeux Tapestry. Bishops were not allowed to shed blood with a sword, but smashing someone's head in with a mace was allowed.
An early Tiffany, the niece of Bertrand du Guesclin.
The motto of the city of Paris is FLUCTUAT NEC MERGITUR. This means "It floats and does not sink."
Wayland's Smithy, on the Ridgeway, is named after the legendary Anglo-Saxon magical smith, but is far older than even the Celtic invasion of Britain.
This statue of Diana is in the image of the beautiful Diane de Poitiers. This is one of the first Renaissance nudes in France, and stood originally at the château d'Anet in the middle 1500s, where Diane lived with her husband, Louis de Brézé, lord of Anet and Grand Seneschal of Normandy. It was originally a fountain.
This was the end of the Middle Ages, and the last of the grim grave statues. Look at the worms and skull!
The unicorn symbolized virginity.
I believe this is Henri II and his queen Catherine de Medici, but I didn't write it down. Will correct after my next visit!
This Green Man-- a face in leaves, a pagan survival-- is found all over Western Europe in cathedrals.
This is a reconstruction of the original fort built by the French on the Bay of Fundy in the early 1600s. My ancestors were there then.
The first courtyard of Topkapi Palace, the former residence of the Ottoman emperors, is now a public park.