October 12, 2008

Sainte-Chappelle in Paris

Built in 1240's, this small gothic chapel is one of the most inspiring visual experiences of Paris. Much of this is due to its stained glass windows which essentially surround the entire upper floor. On the right is one of the twelve apostles.

The lower chapel is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, whose statue stands freely next to the central pier of the portal. Low vaulted ceilings rest on fine columns with crocketed capitals, linked by anchor braces made of wood or stone. The walls are decorated with trefoiled arcades and twelve medallions representing the Apostles.

The French architects took intensive care when building a church. Even the door knob was finished with details.

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