La Sainte-Chapelle, the Holy Chapel!
This Gothic cathedral is my favorite place in Paris! It has the most stunning stained glass windows I have ever seen!
Can you sense my enthusiasm?
La Sainte-Chapelle, like Notre Dame just blocks away, is on Île de la Cité, an island on the Seine River in Paris. It was built in the 1200's as part of the Royal Palace, and was a medieval reliquary, housing sacred relics belonging to Louis IX. Due to damage, it has had to be restored at various times, and additions have been built.
I already couldn't wait to go to Sainte-Chapelle. And then I discovered that classical concerts are performed there. I splurged and bought tickets for Joanna and me to see Classik Ensemble perform Vivaldi's Four Seasions, Pachelbel's "Canon", and Vitali's "Chaconne". What a treat!
I was in ecstasy during the entire concert. Beautiful music, beautiful architecture, beautiful daughter by my side. Just beautiful.
I have included a few videos from the concert in this post.
"Winter, Allegro" from Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
"Chaconne" by Tomaso Antonio Vitali (1663-1745)
"Canon" by Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706)
Although I purchased two after the concert, I can't find their CD of this music (Les Quatre Saisons) available for American purchase on-line. However, you can get their other album "Vioin & Songs at Amazon.
Now, back to the stained glass!
The upper chapel radiates with 15 stained glass panels that are 50 feet high, with only narrow supports between them. You are surrounded with color and light!
Since the concert was in the evening and I knew I would get a better view in sunlight, I came back the next day and took more of these pictures.
Believe it or not, the photo below is of the same window in evening lighting. Looking back in my photos, I was wracking my brain trying to identify where this blue window was in the chapel since I couldn't find it on Google - but it was right there all along. Then I remembered reading that this window takes on a different color tone depending the lighting. You can tell by the same ornamentation beneath.
Here is a closer view of the painting below the rose window and above the door.
There is also a smaller "lower chapel" at Sainte-Chapelle.
I can't help but return the glorious upper chapel for the last several photos. Breathtaking!
More about Saint-Chapelle and its windows?
- Discover Paris: Sainte-Chapelle
- The Sainte-Chapelle Rose Window: St. John's Revelation
- Religious Architecture: La Sainte-Chapelle
- Laser surgery restores Sainte-Chapelle stained glass window to Gothic glory
- France's Most Beautiful Stained-Glass Windows
- European Architecture: Sainte-Chapelle
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You will find Paris posts here as I create them: Paris.
- Eiffel Tower and Seine River Cruise
- Notre Dame Cathedral
- La Sainte-Chapelle, the Glory of Paris
- A Little Louvre Love
- Musee d'Orsay in Paris
- Arc de Triomphe and a Late Night Dinner in Paris
- Basilique de Sacré-Cœur in Paris
- Palace of Versailles
- Gardens of Versailles in Autumn