Basilica of Notre-Dame du Port

An old Romanesque basilica in the heart of the French town of Clermont Ferrand. *edit from original post* We are unsure of why the term “port” came to be used and there are many theories surrounding this. It was built in the 12th century.

View of the East Side of the Basilica
View of the East Side of the Basilica

The east end of the basilica is quite striking.

Carved Capital
Carved Capital

There is a small belvedere in the next building that one can climb to get a better view of the lava stone roof of the basilica.

View of the Basilica Roof
View of the Basilica Roof

The symmetrical geometrical shapes, and coloured stones make it quite a pleasure to behold.

Do not miss this if you are near Clermont Ferrand.


9 Comments Add yours

  1. phildange says:

    Romanesque churches are less spectaculat than the great Gothic cathedrals, yet they were built in a very mystical time and were used to elevate illiterate people’s souls through the symbols sculpted on top of every pillar in a certain order .
    I wouldn’t let you twist the old Latin so much : portus never meant a market ! There are currently 3 hypothesis about the origin of the name . The first one is the street was used by peasants who brought their merchandises and goods as a preliminary store place before the market . In French, “apporter” means bring something from elsewhere . In this hypothesis, it was called “place des apports” which became later “port” .
    Ths second one is Greek, old Greek of course . Ancient Greeks had connections with France, or rather with Gaul . In modern Greek, French is still said ” Gallikos” . So “port” means a passage . In the Pyrénées a mountain pass is still called “un port”, just like the sea port but with a different origin and meaning .
    The third one is from Celtic origin . Before the Romans and the German Barbarians, France, Gaul, were dwelled by the Gauls, a Celtic people . Many modern village names come from their ancient Celtic root . And the Celtic root “por/pur/pour” means a low and damp place or a marsh, which was the case of this part of the town centuries ago .
    So there are several possibilities, but none of them comes from the “Latin portus/port” …
    From your name I can see you come from an even older civilisation than France, a civilisation of highly educate people full of knowledge . It’s surprising to see you treating language with a flippancy we usually find in American young minds .

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Thank you for the detailed information regarding the origin of the term “Port”. I have edited my original post. I only write about what I hear and read (as I am not an expert on Latin) so if it is mistaken I appreciate feedback. What I don’t appreciate are random assumptions and stereotypes on how people should or shouldn’t be. I am sure people are flippant everywhere around the world and there are quite a lot of Americans who aren’t flippant. Not that I ever meant to be flippant about what I posted here.

  2. Apar says:

    Envy you! Hope some day I can get a glimpse of this in person though glad I could see these through your eyes & wonderful pictures 🙂

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Please don’t envy me. We all have to make choices and compromises to be where we are- however exotic my life may seem. If you are inspired that is one thing but envy is just a useless negative feeling.

      1. Apar says:

        So true!! Apologies 🙂 yeah a better way to put it is definitely to say am inspired…

  3. Nirmala says:

    Amazing tile arrangement on the roof!.You bring to us people, who do not travel extensively, pictures and information about rare places. Thank you

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      My thanks to you for all the encouragement!

  4. Lav says:

    It is indeed a feast for the eyes! Such rich detail! I can keep watching it over and over again and still find new things to marvel at it.
    Beauty is tucked away in all kinds of places we have never heard of. I love it!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Thank you!

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