My daughter who has been to Paris to scope it out for us, highly recommended that we see Sainte-Chapelle, the gothic chapel that shares the island Île de la Cité (in the middle of the Seine, in the middle of Paris) with it’s older and more well-known sister the Notre Dame. It was built in six years, starting in 1238, to hold the Crown of Thorns, purchased by King Louis IX for some amazingly large sum of money. We went to see the beautiful stained glass windows which reach heavenward with a strong preponderance of blue. Like music, you can see pictures (or listen to a recording), but you must be there to enjoy it fully. Unfortunately for us, the rose window is under restoration, so we could only see the covering on the scaffold. I guess we’ll have to go back sometime. (Darn!) It is quite dark in the chapel, but taking pictures illuminates the detail of the lovely interior.
The door to the small balcony is highly decorated with reliefs. Here is Noah’s Ark. The stunning part of the chapel is upstairs, but visitors first enter the downstairs chapel. Here are some photos of this intimate space. We also saw 13 stained glass windows in the Cluny Museum from the Sainte-Chapelle.
Notre Dame is free to all, and we could have used our museum pass for a free tour, but we just decided to spend a little time there by ourselves. Maybe I’ll have to read The Hunchback of Notre Dame in penance. Here a few shots of this famous cathedral.