Rosa II

“Rosa II”, Church of Saverne (Alsace), 2012.

This small (less than 1m diameter) rose windows sits in a wall of the sacristy of the church of Saverne (Zabern) in Alsace, it is somewhat out of view, hidden in a corner.

This rose didn’t belong originally to this church, it has been made around 1320 for a chapel in Wiwersheim, a village distant of 15km. After this chapel was destroyed, the rose went in 1858 a small museum installed in the St-Michael chapel in Saverne. In pretty bad shape in 1970, it was restored by Clément Kelhetter, stonemason in the “Fondation de l’Œuvre Notre-Dame” of Strasbourg (“Our Lady Work”, the oldest cathedral builders’ guild still in activity), and then inserted in this wall. The stained glass have been mounted by the Brother Ott (a very famous, but now defunct, company of glass-maker), using various parts of ancient glasses.

You can clearly see the restored part in the upper lancet and the centre, which looks new compared to the rest of the rose.

This rose fits perfectly this series, I was really happy to find it, as it was exactly what I was searching for: small, good looking windows, with a nice pattern. Usually I find only very simple opening, so it’s rather a good find.

Tools and exifs:

  • Canon EOS 450D + Canon 18-55 IS
  • 28mm
  • 1/20 s.
  • f/8
  • ISO 100

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