One Thing, Three Ways: Fleur-de-Lis
If you read and loved Dan Brown’s novels, as I did, seeing a fleur-de-lis might conger up memories of the Priory of Sion. The official emblem of the Priory is partly based upon the fleur-de-lis, a symbol long associated with the French monarchy. The fleur-de-lis is prevalent throughout every chateau in the Loire Valley. The symbol might be mixed with a King or Queen‘s personal symbol, like a salamander for King Francois I, on wallpaper, in fireplace mantels, and wood trim, but the fleur-de-lis represents the French monarchy across all eras and all leaders.
Here are three of my favorite fleur-de-lis shots taken in Amboise, France. What do you think? Do you have a favorite below?
Fleur-de-lis Photo #1. Fleur-de-lis decorations in a window facing the Loire River from the Noble Guardsmen’s Room at the Chateau d’Amboise. Noblemen stationed in this room controlled access to the stairs leading to the storey above where the royals lived.
Fleur-de-lis Photo #2. These fleur-de-lis were on top of a gate we passed walking from the Chateau d’Amboise to the Manor Clos Luce.
Fleur-de-lis Photo #3. The floor of the St. Hubert Chapel is made up of with these fleur-de-lis tiles with the tips of the fleur-de-lis pointing away from the altar, out the door, and toward the Chateau d’Amboise.
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I like the last one 🙂
It’s my favorite, too. Although to take that shot, I had to turn my back to Leonardo DaVinci’s grave, get all the way down on a floor in the chapel, and hope no one walked in and saw me like that! 🙂
LOL. It would have taken some explaining 😀
My better half stood to the side studying the stained glass with a deep intensity and pretending he didn’t know me.
Definitely number 3, especially as you went to such lengths to get it.