Again, the sublime Sainte Chapelle de Paris!

Here is my continuing journey in my eternal Paris as I was stationed nearby ! Can’t be too away from Paris and I need to bring up new pictures which brings great enjoyment to me even if not a pro at it. The fun is what counts; la vie est belle!!!  I have written before on many things in Paris and sometimes I must return back to them even if nothing more to tell, the pictures alone are my compensation, and Paris is a huge one indeed. I have written on the Sainte Chapelle much on its history on a previous post.  This is wonderful and again on a rainy, lead around, and demonstrations in Paris there were lines to get in to the Sainte Chapellepower Paris!!! It is a must to visit at least once in your lifetime. So need to tell you a bit more anyway lol!

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The Sainte-Chapelle, also called the Sainte-Chapelle du Palais, is a Gothic church built between 1242 and 1248 to house the relics of the Passion of Christ, composed of the Crown of Thorns and a piece of the Holy Cross . This place of worship is located on the Île de la Cité. During the French revolution, the Sainte-Chapelle was repeatedly destroyed, but its priceless windows were spared thanks to the presence of large cupboards containing archives. Originally, 22 relics were acquired by St. Louis. Only three remain today: a fragment of the cross, a nail, and the crown of thorns. They were deposited at the abbey of Saint-Denis during the French revolution, then handed over in 1804 to the archbishop of Paris, preserved today in the treasure of Notre-Dame Cathedral of Paris.

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The Upper Chapel of the Sainte Chapelle was originally built to be a real monumental reliquary, so this part of the building is sumptuously decorated with sculptures and huge stained glass windows that flood the room with light and color.  Much more modest than the upper chapel, one discovers in the Lower Chapel , the statue of the Virgin, holy patron saint of the sanctuary. The polychrome decoration of the interior, where the colors red and blue predominate, aims to reproduce the original decor of the medieval period. In the apse on the left, a fresco of the Annunciation made in the 13C is still preserved; it is the oldest mural in the city. The two chapels were completely restored in the 19C.

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We do not know the principal architect of the Sainte-Chapelle, nor the craftsmen who worked on the design of the stained glass windows. Which is not an anomaly for the time. The artists and not the craftsman, and the work signed  glorifying a man and no longer a corporation appeared in the Renaissance. The Sainte Chapelle is true glass cathedral, the high chapel is composed of 618 m2 of glazed surface. An admirable set of lightness and balance.  Every year, from the altar of the Upper ChapelSaint-Louis showed the relics to the Parisians on Good Friday. The 15 windows at about 15 meters high and 4.5 meters wide of the Upper Chapel represent 1113 scenes from the Bible, from Adam and Eve to the Apocalypse.  St. Louis has even represented himself on some of these scenes! The rosette is of Flamboyant Gothic style, a name that comes from the effects of flames used for stained glass. It does not date from the 13C as canopies, but from the 15C. It has 87 petals.

The Paris tourist office on the Sainte Chapelle: https://en.parisinfo.com/paris-museum-monument/71380/Sainte-Chapelle

The official Sainte Chapelle webpage: http://www.sainte-chapelle.fr/en/

A masterpiece for the world and a must for all to visit while in Paris, enough said. The Sainte Chapelle is magical, and we love it.

And remember ,happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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