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by Steve S.
Kansas City, Missouri
January 12, 2001
From journal New Years in Paris
Moscow, Moskva, Russia
March 12, 2011
From journal The most popular tourist destinations in the world.
July 11, 2000
From journal An Amazing Week in Paris
May 14, 2001
The Chapel is surrounded by the most incredible stained-glass windows I think I have ever seen. It is a small chapel and a stunning experience just to sit and view the windows.
I highly recommend this site. If you can catch a concert there, by all means do it!
From journal Paris in the Summer
March 1, 2001
From journal Paris - Been There Done That Bought The T-Shirt...
Northern Va Suburbs of DC, Virginia
November 21, 2000
From journal Paris: Again and again
March 13, 2001
From journal my Paris
New York, New York
November 5, 2000
From journal Five Days in Paris
Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
July 17, 2007
Tucked into the Palais de Justice on Ile de la Cite, this 13th century church is a gem that many people miss. It was built as a royal chapel for Louis IX to hold various relics he had acquired including Christ's crown of thorns. The chapel has two levels - the lower level was to serve as a parish church for the palace but the upper level was reserved for the royal family. The unknown architect of this Gothic building in the rayonnant style designed the structure as to maximise the size of the windows. The upper chapel seems to have walls of stained glass held up by fine pillars. The rich colour of the stained glass is magnificent and photos cannot convey its splendour as the colour of light splashes across the chapel. The pictures windows is in depicts scenes from the Bible and there are also carved wooden sculptures of the apostles.
This is such an amazing example of Gothic architecture and stained glass - more stunning than its near neighbour, Notre Dame. It is beautiful and worth taking time to admire the stained glass - there are seats around the edge of the chapel to sit and admire in silence. Unfortunately, its difficult to capture the colour of the glass in your own photos unless you are carrying around amazing camera equipment, so its worth picking up some postcards of the chapel. I have to say I spent quite a bit of time sitting and admiring the detail of the windows, which are incredibly elaborate and simply divine.The church is within the Palais de Justice complex and consequently there is a security screening, which I had to queue to get through for a few minutes, but there wasn't a huge queue. Tickets cost 6euro (there are also reduced tickets for students, teachers) but is also part of Paris Museum Pass.
From journal Exploring Paris
Glen Mills, Pennsylvania
November 8, 2004
It was built around 1245 AD to house, among other things, Christ’s Crown of Thorns, and is celebrated for its stained glass windows. When you remind yourself that they are not merely sheets of painted glass, but thousands of pieces of different-colored glass cut into shapes and fitted into lead strips, it will make you truly appreciate the amount of work and creativity that went into making every single window. It is well worth the visit, as you can get really close to them, unlike other monuments in Paris.
From journal The City of Lights