Sunday, July 1, 2012

Basilique Saint Denis - les colonnes et les arcs



Basilique Saint Denis


a delicate balance of columns and arches
a visual puzzle of architecture, stained glass, and sculptures...
astonishing


bon dimanche

Basilique Saint Denis
93200 Saint-Denis
Line 13, Métro Basilique de Saint Denis

26 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Astonishing it is and your capture is awesome, Genie! Thanks for sharing! Hope you're enjoying your weekend!

Hugs
Sylvia

Palomasea said...

Indeed, chere amie!
Absolutely stunning....
Bises,
- Irina

ParisMaddy said...

Such silent beauty but even in pictures I can hear the singing. You've captured a mellow glow.

Pet said...

And then in summer, the benefits of a nice and fresh shade! :-)

Joe said...

Thank you for sharing your visual prize with us.

Malyss said...

Wonderful light here, and what an atmosphere.. Imagine people from the middle-age, in front of such places, how not to feel the magic?!

Cezar and Léia said...

Love the perspective and all these arches!
God bless you!
Cezar

Lisa Graham Art said...

Great photo!! Why don't they make buildings like that anymore?

Forest Dream Weaver said...

The soft golden lighting shows to perfection the beauty of the ancient stone artistry. Lovely image Genie!

Bon dimanche,
Ruby

Merisi said...

Great architecture, the "statue at rest" is interesting!

Merisi said...

Great architecture, the "statue at rest" is interesting!

Shell Sherree said...

There's a touch of Escher about this, Genie. And the light is lovely. Bon weekend... x

Living In Williamsburg Virginia said...

Beautiful architecture very nicely captured.

Darryl and Ruth :)

Birdman said...

It's got it all. Mercy!

Riet said...

That is a beautiful church Genie. I love your churches every Sunday.

Richard Ewen said...

We visited here in April of 2011 on a sunny day and the warm light shinning through the glass reflected rainbows of color on the tombs. There is a nice garden area along one side and a wide plaza leading up to the cathedral after the short walk out of the Metro. This picture captures the radiant color found inside on sunny days. A very nice Sunday picture!

Starman said...

Great photo! I love cathedral architecture.

Hana de Prague said...

What gorgeous photo, Genie! Thanks for sharing it.

louciao said...

So much to see here in just this one shot! Wonderful.

Jack said...

Beautiful. The lines, angles, curves, textures and subtle color changes all contribute to making this an awe-inspiring place.

TheChieftess said...

A beautiful shot! Love the columns and the vaulted ceilings...the lighting too!!!

Alexa said...

What a gorgeous composition! Hope you've had a very bon dimanche, ma chère.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Richard, you can look back on my posts for Basilique Saint Denis as there is one with all the rainbows of those majestic windows. Merci!

This basilica has been well cared for over the centuries and as you can see from this photo as well as my other posts that the interior is light and on sunny days there is indeed a golden glow.

Shell, I had not noticed, but agree that there is an Escher-esque look about it with the intertwined columns and arches.

Merisi, there are many tombs and statues in this basilica, the resting place of kings and queens.

It is sad that buildings such as this are no longer created, and those that are standing cost greatly to maintain and restore.

Wishing each of you a great week ahead.

Bises,
Genie

Virginia said...

I almost posted the ceiling today myself. I saw what looked like bricks and was blown away. Weren't we fortunate to see this beautiful place of worship.
V

arabesque said...

i just love the symmetry in this one.
really nice arch.

Randy said...

Stunning.