Memories from the Rafters

Cathedrals, even village churches draw me in. Their towers indicate the center of the town, their doors are always open, their insides spacious and restful. When passing through ancient port cities like Cadiz, Toulon, Brest, Genoa, Venice and so many others, I seek out the smaller sailor churches. They are adorned with votive ship models, made centuries ago by sailors as insurance for the perils of a journey to far and unknown lands. From the rafters of these ancient churches hang the tattered remains of old ship’s flags and pennants taken from ships conquered in now long forgotten battles. I wonder about the content of signal flag messages, taken from a secret admiralty codebook…


What could be more festive? Flags in bright reds, whites, blues and yellows reflected in the sunlight.




~ by authenticmodels on February 8, 2011.

One Response to “Memories from the Rafters”

  1. Wow how wonderfully interesting about the sailor churches. I love these nautical colours.

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