|Looking over Roman wall into "new" town|
|Narrow houses in old cité|
|Decorative window protection|
|Narrow pedestrianized street|
|Through the wall|
Its monument to the war dead of WW I and the South Asia and Algerian wars is inside the walls overlooking the new town below.
|Maillol sculpture in memoriam to the war dead|
The cathedral is late Romanesque--large for Romanesque. It was the religious center of Roussillon from the 6th to the 17th centuries. When the center changed from Elne to Perpignan, the Bishop up and took the famous relics with him leaving Elne and its cathedral a forgotten backwater.
|Column in cloisters|
|Beautifully-preserved capitals in the cloisters|
|The white blue-veined marble in the cloisters|
Elne is also home to La Maternité Suisse (the maternity hospital) that was made famous by the Swiss nurse, Elizabeth Eidenbenz, who took in at least 1000 women and children between 1939 and 1944. Women fleeing the concentration camps survived the war and gave birth here to 597 children.
A museum dedicated primarily to the work of Etienne Terrus shows their permanent exhibition of his work along with temporary exhibits of other artists. Terrus was friends with Aristide Maillol (from Banyuls-sur-Mer) and Henri Matisse, among others.
Life here in Roussillon holds endless surprises. It's not all beaches and sunshine, though it's also beaches and sunshine. The entire time we've been here, this has been the warmest and sunniest part of France except for Corsica.