Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Inside Eglise de Raynaude (13-April-2014)
The door of the church was open so we went on in. Based on the articles I read the church was finished some time around 1863 making it about 150 years old.
The most striking feature of the church is the stained glass windows. I have no idea if they are original or were added later. The colors are some of the brightest I have seen in a church - very beautiful.
The cemetery behind the church was a mix of old and new burial plots. The oldest we found was dated 1908 but there a couple that we couldn't read. Many were from the last decade.
What I found interesting is that the new graves were decorated with plaques and flowers. Each of the plaques from from a friend or family member and some had small quotes on them. They would say "From a cousin", "From a Brother-in-law", "From an Uncle" - etc.
They were arranged nicely and it was very pleasant to see that so many people cared for the person who had died. I have seen different plaques when I attend a funeral but I have not visited a cemetery for some time to see if the plaques are left on the graves in the United States - your comments on this are welcome!
I hope you enjoy the photos. You can read more about the church at this link