Awesome Saint Chapelle

Michael Matthews

Sydney, Australia

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When I first caught sight of this beautiful space a subconscious WOW emanated from my mouth. It wasn’t a conscious thought or speech. It just came out !

Paris is full of beautiful sights but this one has to take the cake.
It was very difficult to get good shots. I didn’t expect that my tripod would be allowed in so I was struggling to hold the camera still with longer exposures to get not so fuzzy photos.

Photographed with a Canon 400D in Paris, France. ISO1600, F5.6.

La Sainte-Chapelle , The Holy Chapel is a royal medieval Gothic chapel, located near the Palais de la Cité, on the Île de la Cité in the heart of Paris, France.

Begun some time after 1239 and consecrated on 26 April 1248, the Sainte-Chapelle is considered among the highest achievements of the Rayonnant period of Gothic architecture. Its erection was commissioned by King Louis IX of France to house his collection of Passion Relics, including Christ’s Crown of Thorns – one of the most important relics in medieval Christendom.

With the Palais de la Cité, today called La Conciergerie, the Sainte-Chapelle is one of the surviving buildings of the Capetian royal palace on the Île de la Cité. Although damaged during the French revolution, and restored in the 19th century, it retains one of the most extensive in-situ collections of 13th-century stained glass anywhere in the world.

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