Gare du Palais window

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Marilyn Whiteley on February 5, 2008

This stained glass is in the ceiling of the Chateau-style railway station in Quebec City. Look carefully at the map!

"Curiously, the map of the continent is depicted with east and west reversed. It is generally thought that this was done so that the sun shining through the window would cast a correct map of Canada in shadow on the once mirrorlike floor. The official explanation is that it was simply a mistake, however."

©junebug on February 5, 2008

What a beautiful stained glass window in the ceiling of a railway station! I zoomed it in and noticed the mistake of the map. Looks strange - the Pacific Coast in the East and Florida and the Atlantic Coast in the West! It's a great shot, Marilyn! Cheers, Anne

Tonton Esteban on February 5, 2008

I like old buildings ceilings, like this or this (Royal Bank of Canada on St. Jacques Street, Montreal). They're often beautiful. But few have such an interesting history. Thanks for sharing, Marilyn. Cheers. Stéphane

Marilyn Whiteley on February 5, 2008

Thank you, Anne and Stéphane. And thanks, Stéphane, for the links. Cheers, Marilyn

Marilyn Whiteley on February 6, 2008

Thank you, Mira. I don't know, but I suspect there is some protective covering over it that keeps the window from getting strong enough light to project the map onto the floor. I certainly didn't notice it there!

Greetings Marilyn

skida on February 7, 2008

I like photos of glass (I was a glass decorator for many years). I suspect that the glaziers installed the panel with the external face on the inside by error. In those days they may not have even seen a map before. Some of my work has suffered a similar indignity!

Marilyn Whiteley on February 7, 2008

Skida, I'm sorry to hear that other mistakes like this do happen! Yes, the web site I quoted went on to say that the installers might have been unfamiliar with maps, just as you suggested!

Patricia Santini on February 7, 2008

Hi Marilyn: I like all the stained glass, but this one is very beautiful and I think if it was a mistake or not is a marvelous vitraux. The map in the middle is really interesting and I think it was made in this way to give these effects of shadow on the floor, but now is a mistery for us....Marilyn, excuse me for my English. Greetings, Paty.

Marilyn Whiteley on February 7, 2008

Many thanks, Paty. I am always glad to hear from you and you express yourself very well in English. Greetings, Marilyn

► © Marilyn Kendall on November 3, 2008

I appreciate your Gare du Palais window Marilyn because I have hobby of stained and painted glass.

Cheers, Marilyn


Marilyn Whiteley on November 21, 2008

Thanks for your comment, Marilyn. I have done only a very small amount of stained glass work--just enough to appreciate how fascinating it can be.

Cheers, Marilyn

dossettd on May 21, 2013

The explanation that I was given many years ago is this: It was a mistake. The workers were ABOVE the glass as it was being lowered. They did not think how it would look viewed from below.

Marilyn Whiteley on May 21, 2013

Thanks for your comment, David. That could certainly be the case.

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Photo taken in Vieux-Québec-Cap-Blanc-colline Parlementaire, Québec City, QC, Canada

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  • Uploaded on February 5, 2008
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    by Marilyn Whiteley
    • Taken on 2008/02/03 11:55:42
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