Sunday, March 11, 2012

Basilique Saint-Denis


This enthralling basilica just on the outskirts of Paris had been on my list for many trips to Paris.  In January, Peter (Peter's Paris), Virginia (Paris Through My Lens), my daughter Holly and I met up with Owen (Magic Lantern Show) and his delightful wife for a tour, guided by Owen's local expertise and knowledge. 

I have many shots to share with you in the months ahead on my Sunday posts, and this statuary piqued my interest today.  The royalty depicted here will have an exquisitely embroidered gown trimmed in the finest silk threads and represented here by the craftsmanship of the sculptor.  She will have some very fine slippers to wear as you can see.


bon dimanche


Basilique Saint-Denis
93200 Saint-Denis

16 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Awesome! I can't wait to see more! Hope you've had a wonderful weekend, Genie!

Hugs
Sylvia

Riet said...

Wonderful, I love churches and I am looking forward to more.Have a nice Sunday

martinealison said...

Un magnifique travail que celui de ce sculpteur...
Très jolie publication.
gros bisous

Cezar and Léia said...

Very interesting focus on the feet, quite original!
God bless you!
Cezar

M said...

Then, as now, it's all about the shoes ;p --- wish I coud have visited with you. I have read so much about this historic church ... It is fascinating and I cannot wait to see more of it. Bon dimanche!

Deborah Lawrenson said...

LOve this quirky detail!

Virginia said...

They remind me of my Mom's Daniel Green slippers. Hers were gold of course!

That was a great day wasn't it. I think we all have many photos to share.

Bon dimanche,
V

Rob Siemann said...

Marie-Antoinette maybe?

Kris said...

Sweet little slippers! I can't wait to see what else your lens captured!

Mary said...

Beautiful! I can't wait until more is revealed. Looking forward to it. :)

Jack said...

The sculptor did a great job with the folds of the fabric. I look forward to seeing your other shots from this church.

jennyfreckles said...

Isn't it amazing how anyone could sculpt marble to look like that? Beautiful detail.

Leon and Sue Sims said...

St Denis was the delight of our trip to Paris and worth putting on the list of Must See places of Paris.
The myth behind St Denis walking with his head in his hands to his last resting place is worth researching.
Leon

Randy said...

Lovely.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Leon, I agree. St Denis is depicted in statues around Paris in a pose of cradling his head in his arms. That would have been some hike without a head, n'est-ce pas!

Rob, I would have to defer to Owen (or Peter) to identify this tomb. I am usually so driven to document but on this day my camera was in charge with a voracious appetite!

I look forward to sharing more of this magnificent basilica.

Bises,
Genie

Louise said...

I'm looking forward to seeing more of this basilica too Genie. It's definitely on my list for my next visit to Paris. Great to get a sneak peek.