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Hard to beat with my old camera and I am not allowed (unlike other) to enter this place with a tripod.

This chapel inspired by the Sainte Chapelle in Paris wants a green light to the statue of Our Lady of Lille and the Blessed Sacrament.
Raised in 1856, it was completed in 1897. The eleven large windows, columns, parts of the wall in the gallery all under the arches of 17 m, giving the Lady Chapel very light. The mosaics are twelve women of the Old Testament, while the windows tell the life of the Virgin Mary and the history of Notre-Dame de la Treille.

The aisle has blessed the city of Lille, cited religious and military, academic and industrious, which receives the light of Lille.

The altar of gilded bronze (1897) is itself a representation of the Incarnation and Redemption, giving to discover the role of Mary in these mysteries. The altar place of sacrifice is overlooked by a cross. At the foot of the cross, Mary becomes the adoptive mother of all humanity embodied by St. John. The sacrifice is completed by the Communion that is the gift of life. The door of the tabernacle shows St. John the Virgin with the sacred host.
In the cockpit above the altar, the statue of Our Lady of Lille by Marie Madeleine Weerts, is carried by pilgrims three saints: St. Thomas Becket, St. Louis and St. Bernard.La mosaic floor of the sanctuary is the feet of the Virgin all creation: the four elements, the stars and the animal kingdom. The communion table is laid in 1901 six statues. The first three characters of the Old Testament announcing the Holy Eucharist: Melchizedek, Ruth and Elijah. The other three glorify Sacrifice: St. Juliana, St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Margaret Mary.
Source : http://www.cathedralelille.com

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