Sunday, 16 March 2014

inSPIREd Sunday and Chagall

I saw this meme on a different blog yesterday and just really fancied giving it a try. It's hosted on InSPIREd Sunday Meme, so hop on over there to join! The rules are simple:
  1. The meme opens each Saturday at 3 p.m. Pacific Time until Monday at 9:00 a.m.
  2. Post a picture of a church, temple, or other fabulous architectural building where religious services are held. If you know the name of the building, include it.
  3. Include the InSPIREd Sunday link and/or badge on your post.
  4. Visit others who are linking up to meme whenever possible.

So, I want to share with you an absolutely beautiful yet tiny church in Sussex called All Saints' Tudeley

As you can see, it looks absolutely adorable yet rather innocuous on the outside. It's only one and a half hour car ride from London and when we went it was a very sunny and warm day last year. What makes this tiny church incredibly special is only revealed on the inside. 

As its website states, All Saints' Tudeley is the only church in the world that has all its twelve windows decorated by Marc Chagall, a brilliant Russian artist who is known for his modernist, stunning paintings and decorations. I personally love Chagall because the way he works with colour is absolutely beautiful. In these windows, he depicts some of the most important Christian imagery.

Here, for example, we see the dove. What I love is the way the blue, the purple and the white interact with each other. The dove seems to escape from the darker coloured right pane, into the lighter left pane. I am going to end it on this note, because I am not an art critic and will only embarrass myself in stumbking over my own love for Chagall.

Have a good Sunday!


  1. What a treasure! As you wrote, one would never guess from the exterior that this church would have windows by Chagall inside! While «Louis» has always been a classicist, he has also always liked Chagall.

    «Louis» thanks you for your visit to his inSPIREd Sunday post.

  2. I absolutely adore stained glass windows and these were fabulous to view. The church itself is quaint and does not seem like the type of building which would house these windows.

  3. welcome to InSPIREd Sunday. nice to meet you Juli Rahel ... i'm Beth from the blog "E. Lizard Breath Speaks" ... one of the hosts at InSPIREd Sunday. i love the glow you captured through the stain glass window ... just lovely. so fun!! i hope you will join us again soon. it is always so fun to see what everyone does find each week. i love the stone work. have a nice week. ( :

  4. So glad you decided to join! The church is lovely! But I am filled with delight at seeing those wonderful Chagall windows!

  5. what wonders to find in such an unassuming country church -
    beautiful. very reminiscent of the lenten pilgrimage and Christ's own life...
    thank you [much] for sharing !