The most beautiful church in Paris... a lot of people say.
10.01.2010 - 20.01.2010
Sadly La Sainte-Chapelle was under renovation while we were there but we still got to go inside and see what was available to the public. To most Parisians, La Sainte-Chapelle is considered the most beautiful church in Paris. I remember before we were leaving for Paris a handful of friends mentioning that it was their favorite place they visited in Paris. We were disappointed that the renovation was going on but we know there must have been so much upkeep and figured since the hubs works for a Parisian company... We'll probably be back again.
La Sainte-Chapelle was built by Louis IX and was a shrine for the holy relics he collected. The church was damaged during the Revolution.
Statue of Louis IX
La Sainte-Chapelle is famously known for their 15 stained glass window that are 50 ft high and their beautiful star covered roof. That's actually the first thing I noticed when we walked up the spiral steps, the amazing blue ceiling with gold stars and the giant, detailed stained glass.
Like Notre Dame, La Sainte-Chapelle also has Rose Window. If you look closely you can see each frame is a specific story. In this window it is St John's vision of the Apocalypse. There are 86 panels and the stained glass is known be most beautiful at sunset.
I really wish I was a photographer... These pictures really don't capture the beauty of La Sainte-Chapelle. We sat in the upper chapel where there were chairs. We stared up in amazement at all the beautiful panels and could actually remember stories from the Bible just by looking at the windows. I wonder if I had grown up in a church as beautiful as this, would I have kept going to church? You can feel beauty in that church. I love Paris, I hope one day we can live there.