A Feast for the Eyes on a Sunny Day

Sainte Chapelle - Upper Chapel, Paris, France

Sainte Chapelle – Upper Chapel, Paris, France (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today we visited one of the most jaw-dropping chapels I have ever seen.  Sainte-Chapelle on the Ile-de-la-Cité is a gem of high Gothic architecture enlightening it’s visitors with spectacular stained glass windows that seem impossible to have lasted for almost 800 years. Amazingly, the seemingly delicate and fragile windows have withstood a great deal of turmoil within the chapel during the revolutionary period and almost by an act of God, have remained intact. Illuminating the sun-filled chapel with rich reds, deep-sea blues, sparkling greens, and glistening golds, the windows and the stories they tell come alive with passion and emotion,  just like the relics they once housed.

The Sainte-Chapelle was built between 1242 and 1248 to house the Holy Relics of the Passion of Christ, with the most famous being the Crown of Thorns. King Louis IX (later Saint Louis) purchased the relics, which had belonged to the emperors of Constantinople since the 4th century) for a sum that greatly exceeded the cost of building the Chapel itself. Yet with the Holy Relics, Louis IX was able to add prestige to France and Paris became a “New Jerusalem” and the second capital of Christianity for the people of medieval Europe. We all loved the beauty and medieval feel of the chapel and my kids really enjoyed the cool spiral staircase up to the upper chapel.  In the lower smaller chapel, there were toys and trinkets the kids could buy to remember their visit – always a highlight of Trevor’s day!  Also, from Sainte-Chapelle, Notre Dame is only a few minutes away – offering another jaw-dropping site for me and my kids.  Paris is so full of must-see sites, I could spend months here and still never see them all – but we sure are trying…6 days to go util we depart…tomorrow…Versailles!  Stay tuned…

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3 thoughts on “A Feast for the Eyes on a Sunny Day

    • Oh Amy – you will love Paris! Everything is amazing! Just be prepared to gain a few pounds – the food is absolutely incredible!!! Even the coffee is great – which means a lot to us Italians, right?! I am enjoying a butter croissant for dinner right now – not healthy, I know, but we only live once!! 🙂

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