While meandering through an old Boston neighborhood yesterday, something caught furrylittlegnome’s eye that she has not noticed before: lots of stained glass windows on old Beacon Hill brownstones. This new discovery is the inspiration for today’s post.
On the Ile de la Cite, you’re in the middle of Paris. Just a short walk from that spot in front of the Cathedral of Notre Dame stands the Palais du Justice and mostly hidden from view is Sainte-Chapelle – a gothic structure from the thirteenth century that served as King Louis IX’s private chapel.
Planned in 1241, construction began in 1246 and only took two years to complete. The outside of Sainte-Chapelle (“Holy Chapel”) does not reflect what one will see inside. There is little decoration. Furrylittlegnome could not see any gargoyles.
After going through security, you enter the lower chapel that houses a gift shop. The real draw occurs after climbing windy, small stone stairs. Be careful – furrylittlegnome tripped on them!
The upper chapel of Sainte-Chapel is full of stained glass – over 6,000 square feet! There are fifteen stained glass windows – measuring fifty feet (over fifteen meters) in height!
Thanks for remiding me about this gorgeous window. I was amazed…
It is definitely something to see!
Never been to Sainte-Chapelle. I am going to add it to my bucket list. Thanks for the information. 🙂
You will love it!
amazing! I especially like the last shot! 😀
The upstairs is an unbelievable sight!