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Santa Barbara, California
March 19, 2006
From journal How You Say... Le Paris?
October 8, 2005
Overwhelming, even on a sunless afternoon, the 15 stained-glass panels before us seemed seamlessly to stretch out in colorful glory, a biblical re-telling in glass. Its rose window sufficiently shines amid glittering arches and columns above elaborately patterned floors. Moving our eyes clockwise from Genesis on our left and ending with the Apocalypse of the rose window on our right, the windows literally dominate the chapel. A stunning achievement of French Gothic, exceptionally unified in design since it was completed so quickly (1246-1248), the chapel has windows composed into a mass of glorious color created with craftsmanship akin to that of Chartres Cathedral, but existing in much less space.
Fortunately or not, a tall cloaked woman approached us and several others, and, after briefly introducing herself and her credentials as a candidate for a doctorate in French history, began to talk about Louis’s reasons for obtaining the Passion relics and building so speedily to enclose them. Politically feeling a need to justify his legitimacy (as king of a new line of royalty) to the aristocratic families, whose support he wanted to be sure of, as well as genuinely religious, Louis knew exactly what this chapel should contain. In a non-literate, pre-Guttenberg society, religious art could illustrate the power of God’s earthly representative, the king; the magnificence of this teaching chapel could provide testimony of the riches at the disposal of that kingly presence.
As she dramatized her story, she frequently queried us at points in good teacher fashion to keep our attention. At one point she DID explain if we wished to give her a gratuity it would be acceptable, but there was no obligation. We agreed: others stayed in the group, but we, unobtrusively as possible, withdrew. We had limited cash with us, our new policy since Barcelona, and had reserved what we had to pay for takeout food.
My attitude towards use of guides, human or audio, varies with the occasion; if I haven’t prepared, I welcome aid. Here, I’d prepared and felt her dramatics were obtrusive. I preferred just drinking in the eloquent magnificence of the mostly original 13th-century art before me.
From journal PARIS PERFECT- December in LES-HALLES
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
by Jim Rosenberg
March 3, 2005
Open daily 9:30am to 6:30pm April to September and 10am to 5pm October to March
From journal Paris: An Affordable, Spectacular Destination
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 13, 2001
From journal my 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
July 11, 2000
From journal An Amazing Week in Paris
March 1, 2001
From journal Paris - Been There Done That Bought The T-Shirt...
by Steve S.
Kansas City, Missouri
January 12, 2001
From journal New Years in Paris