Stones of Glory--Stones of France: A Pictorial Sequence of French Architectural Monuments

Stones of Glory--Stones of France: A Pictorial Sequence of French Architectural Monuments

Stones of Glory--Stones of France: A Pictorial Sequence of French Architectural Monuments

Stones of Glory--Stones of France: A Pictorial Sequence of French Architectural Monuments

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France . . .

For many glorious centuries, this magic name has been the symbol of noble ideals, of freedom and humanity, of fearless thought and refined beauty . . .

But Destiny often imposes ruthless ordeals, and a nation's greatness is made both of triumphs and sufferings.

Thus, after four years of oppression, torture, hunger and death, the French people have now lived to see the dawn of their reborn liberty and of a new, purified happiness . . . A victorious peace, won through their own heroic resistance to the enemy and through the gallantry and faithful friendship of their traditional Allies, will redeem their sacrifices; and a friendly blue sky will again smile over rich fields, over green meadows and fresh woods, over quiet hamlets and their old churchyards, over great cities and their solemn cathedrals.

May this book remind of countless treasures that have made France a second motherland to millions of men and women, old and young, all over the world.

It is impossible to present in a single book the complete picture of a land which is perhaps the richest in the world in treasures of art, history, and nature.

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