This commemorative slab reminds the memory of Claude Poulain of another emigrant. It says :
“On January 25th 1616, was baptized in this church Claude Poulain, son of Paschal Poulain and of Marie Levert. He married at Quebec on August 8th 1639 Jeanne Mercier, daughter to Loup Mercier and Jeanne Gaillard from Mortagne-au-Perche* (a small town in Normandie) who had been baptized on November 25th 1621”*.
Note that the groom was 23 years old and the bride 18 years old.
Favorite thing: The organ of the Église Saint Maclou was built in 1521. The marble columns are from Jean Goujon and the paneling is Renaissance style. It is topped by a rosace magnificently carved in stone, added with mostly red glass.
Favorite thing: The nave of the Église Saint Maclou is elegant with very thin columns that belong to the Gothique flamboyant style as it was built between 1437 and 1517. It had been badly hit by collateral damages bombings in 1944.
Favorite thing: The North portal, the left and the central portal of the front side of the church are not for regular use. Only the right portal, with a plain, modern door, is used as an entrance in the church. Inside, each doorway is closed securely with ancient latch, made in cast iron.
Favorite thing: On the righy, the top medallion the North portal of the église Saint Maclou seems to represent two persons laying on a bed, under a canopy, while several persons are around. I have not found any explanation for this scene. I keep searching.
Favorite thing: On the left, the top medallion the North portal of the église Saint Maclou seems to represent the transport of the Arch. On this picture, some of the musician angels are better seen : harp, psalterion, rebec-viol, portable organ.
Favorite thing: The North portal of the Église Saint Maclou is not in a very good condition and needs some refurbishing. At mid height are represented eight musician angels, each playing of a different instruments : harp, psalterion, rebec-viol, portable organ, lute, string tambourine and two unidentified instruments.
Favorite thing: This carved door is very different from the other one, as it does not represent human beings but plants and flowers woven together in an allegorical representation. It should have been carved later than the previous one.
Favorite thing: Among the carvings on one of the doors of the left portal on the front of the Église Saint Maclou, this one represents a maid (a virgin or the Virgin ?). If you click to enlarge it, you will better see that the carpenter who made the door has without any doubt, nailed her.
Favorite thing: The close-up on the medallion of the left door of the left portal represents the Good Shepherd at the entrance into the sheepfold. The sheepfold is represented as a round enclosure made of plated reeds.
Favorite thing: Each door has been completely carved with many figures. Four statues support the medallion of the left door of the left portal : Samson, David, Moose and Salomon. Between them, in the background, human figures represent False Belief : Greco-Roman paganism, the religion of the ancient Egyptians, Islam. A close-up on the medallion will be given on next picture.
Favorite thing: John the Baptist baptized Jesus in the Jordan river near Bethany. Jesus was about 30 years old when he was baptized. John was reluctant to baptize Jesus, for he said, "I have need to be baptized by you." John knew that Jesus was the Son of God. Jesus had no need to be forgiven of sins because he was sinless. Knowing John's reluctance, Jesus told him, "It is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness." So John obeyed Jesus and baptized him in the Jordan River. When Jesus came up out of the water, the Holy Spirit descended as a dove, and the voice of God spoke from Heaven, saying, "This is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased."
Favorite thing: On the central portal of the Église Saint Maclou, the left medallion represents a scene of the life of Jesus. It seems to be the Presentation in the Temple, which is related in the New Testament. Mary and Joseph bring the child Jesus to the Temple in Jerusalem to dedicate him to God where Simeon receives him for circumcision.
Favorite thing: On top of the central portal of the Église Saint Maclou, a carving shows Jesus Christ in majesty, amidst the twelve disciples featuring the Last Supper. On the two lines underneath are featured scenes of the life of Jesus Christ .
Favorite thing: The église Saint Maclou is a charming church, built in "gothique flamboyant" style between 1437 and 1517. It is very homogeneous. Its front is very special with five portals, fan shaped. However, the outermost portals are "blind". Each door has been completely carved with many figures that I will come back to describe in details.