La Sainte Chapelle

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  • Day3

    Saint Chapelle

    August 19, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Lots of young hot gendarme around. Bit distracting to Athena and I !!

    Saint Chapelle sits opposite Notre Dame. We walk up the winding staircase and I turn to watch Athena's face as we enter the chapel room. Oh wow she exclaims.
    Inside the cathedral walls are all devine, set in stained coloured glass columns. Such a pretty thing to behold. Breathtaking and peaceful.

    Although it was packed we didn't feel squashed. Whenever the din got loud, a voice over the loud speaker all told us to hush please in French.

    On our exit we passed down the tight spiral staircase worn slippery smooth over time. Athena became quite petrified making her way downward on the steeped steps. She regained her composure once out in the courtyard faced with the handsome, tight bummed youthful gendarmes.
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  • Day29

    Paris wanderings

    July 26, 2018 in France ⋅ 🌙 21 °C

    Today Ben and Emily went to Versailles, so Sam and I had a more restful day.

    I went on a scooter ride around Paris in the morning, visiting some of my favourite spots around town, including;
    The Seine, Notre Dame, Shakespeare and Co Book Shop.
    I visited the Epicerie by Oliver that Priscilla and I visited with the Carrolls when we first went to Paris. I paid a visit to Le Procope, the oldest cafe in Paris, dating from 1686. Significant figures from the past have sat in this cafe and discussed their revolutionary ideas, including Ben Franklin, Danton, Marat, Rebespierre, Napoleon, Balzac, Victor Hugo and many more.

    Sam and I met Ben and Emily at St Chappelle, the famous church in the Conciergerie, the old palace of the royal family on the Isle of Paris. The palace was used at various times for the royla family, then it was converted into a prison. It was the place where significant prisoners, including Marie Antoinette, were held prior to execution during the Revolution. The chapel has huge stained glass windows that tell the whole story of the Bible. The windows are what make this chapel so unique and special. The light coming through the windows gives the interior and magical glow.

    I also paid a visit to Galeries Lafayette, the famous shopping centre in Paris, and on the way marvelled again at the Paris Opera building which is spectacular. It takes one's breath away every time you come around the corner and see it from the front. Galeries Lafayette has a beautiful view of the Paris skyline from the seventh-floor terrace.

    It was another fascinating day in the old city of Paris.
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  • Day22


    April 16, 2017 in France ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    I went to the lovely Sainte-Chapelle on Easter Sunday and after queuing for some time at Notre Dame, I was expecting to queue here but for some reason, after a short wait for security (something there is now at every place you visit), I skipped the only queue there was with my museum pass. The side room of the chapel you visit first was lovely but a little ruined by the ever prevalent souvenir shop!

    A short few steps and I was in the main Chapel. It was jaw dropping stuff with the most beautiful stained glass windows reaching up into the vast ceiling. The photos do not do it justice but give you the idea. At one stage the sun shone through them and their real beauty was revealed.

    The outside of the building is quite plain and it is nestled next to the justice building. The exit passed out by this building and the soldiers with their automatic rifles were a stark reminder of the need to protect such places.
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  • Day5

    Sainte-Chapelle, Paris

    September 3, 2018 in France

    In the same grounds as the Concergerie, is Sainte-Chapelle, the Holy Chapel, our last stop for the day. Commissioned by King Louis IX in the 1200s as part of the palace complex, it was completed in 1248 and served as a private chapel for the royal family. Though some of the palace grounds from those early days are gone, Sainte-Chapelle remains intact.

    While the exterior was nothing extra special, the interior blew my mind. The stain glass windows were breathtaking with the afternoon sun shining through. Arranged across 15 windows, each 15 metres high, the stained-glass panes depict 1,113 scenes from the Old and New Testaments, recounting the history of the world until the arrival of the relics in Paris.

    This was by far the most amazing location we have visited in Paris, although I seem to be saying that about every place we visit. Paris is a beautiful city, filled with so many, many amazing buildings and sites to see. I am just so glad I had added this one to our itinerary. It was a fabulous end to our very long, and amazing day.
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  • Day2

    Sainte Chapelle

    November 27, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    Continuiamo il nostro tour andando a visitare la Sainte Chapelle, la chiesa privata del re a cui si accede direttamente anche dal palazzo Reale.
    È una chiesa stupenda, unica e perfetta. Uno stile gotico assoluto, di due piani. Quello inferiore per il popolo e quello superiore per il re e la sua corte. Qui ci sono vetrate enormi, una più bella dell'altra. Restiamo affascinate da tanta bellezza.Read more

  • Day3

    2012 Frankreich - Paris

    July 24, 2012 in France ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Sainte Chapelle ist eine ganz besondere Kirche auf dem Gelände des Justizpalastes. (Deshalb auch sehr intensive Kontrolle, mit Abnahme aller gefährlichen Gegenstände (Taschenmesser) ohne Rückgabe)

    Es lohnt sich aber trotzdem sehr. Bild 1 ist die mittelalterlich ausgeschmückte untere Etage. Aus diesem Kreuzgewölbe geht es dann das von riesigen Bleiglasfenstern umsäumte Obergeschoss (Bild 2). Ein Meisterwerk der Gotik. Die Kapelle wurde gegen 1244 im Auftrag König Ludwigs IX. des Heiligen erbaut, um u.a. die kostbaren Passionsreliquien („Christi Dornenkrone“ und Teile des „Wahren Kreuzes“) aufzunehmen. Die Decke nimmt die Formen und Farben der Unterkapelle auf. Ein echter Tipp!!
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  • Day15


    November 16, 2017 in France ⋅ ☁️ 9 °C

    After the catacombs, we went straight to Sainte-Chapelle. This time being sure to be there early enough to get in! It's attached to the Courthouse, so there is a lot of security to get through before being allowed in. At one point, they tried to separate us from the kids...sending them through a different line...but I wasn't about to let that happen. There was some confusion, but eventually they let me go with them. It was odd. Sainte Chapelle is beautiful! There isn't a whole lot to explore, and there is a fee to get in, but it was nice. Pretty cool.

    It's been a long day, so we ended it with our favourites!! First stop was Bertrand's bakery where we bought a GIANT pistachio meringue....then for supper we chose Lebanese again...and Amorino gelato to follow! I was so excited to choose colourful flavours this time...trying to make a beautiful flower. Jay got his, Morgan got hers....and then it was my turn...and they switched staff members. Just my luck...I got the trainee!! It was her first day...not only her first day...her first time scooping!! Needless to say, mine ended up looking like a very unkept, unhealthy flower....haha. I guess I'll need to wait for our next trip to Paris to get the perfect flower ice cream! lol.

    Once the girls were in bed, I headed out on my own to check out the famous Shakespeare and Company bookstore. Unfortunately, they don't allow photos to be taken inside. It is a book lovers dream store....floor to ceiling books....creaks with every step...and any book ever imagined...even a hidden kids corner. Apparently, some people even sleep there. And I believe all the books are in English. It was great....until I went to leave. There was a strange man leaving right in front of me. He, for some reason, couldn't figure out how to leave the to push the door open. Some ladies and him had a few not so nice words, then they managed to help him leave. I left right after....started walking down the street, stopped to look at something and that's when I noticed that he was following me!! At first I thought it was just I moved on and stopped somewhere else...he did too. I did it about 3 times, then I called Jay and headed straight into the busy walking streets where I dodged in and out of people. It wasn't until I was sure he was gone that I ducked down the alley to the hotel...which I was locked out of!! There is always suppose to be someone at the front desk...they don't let you bring the key out....and I wasn't aware that they lock the door. It was about 10 minutes before she finally came and unlocked the door...she was in the washroom...of course...the one time I was panicking to get inside...haha. Good night!
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