Art: Caen

Caen—1062

On one point close to Caen, British artillery poured 10,000 shells last week. But through the smoke that enveloped Caen British officers might still be able to pick out vestiges of the 1,000-year-old Romanesque towers and Gothic spires that once thrust up over the city. If so, they were probably the last men who would ever see them. For the architectural treasures of the city, which Henry Adams (Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres) once called a "Romanesque Mecca," seemed doomed. Among them were:

¶ The nth Century church of St. Etienne (see cut), where...