Sunday, May 4, 2014

Église Sainte-Chapelle



Église Sainte-Chapelle
Miracle of Light

This Gothic masterpiece built in 1246 is an incredible feat of construction.  The upper chapel seen here surrounds the visitor with soaring stained glass windows of deep, vibrant primary colors.  The ceiling design and structure is unique and recognized the world over.  


The architectural prowess of the 13th century rivals any construction we might see today.  Sainte-Chapelle is essentially a building of glass supported only by the narrow rib-like cages that press the entire weight of the roof  through a system of arches on to a few columns - amazing!


bon dimanche



Église Sainte-Chapelle
4, boulevard du Palais
75001, Paris

11 comments:

William Kendall said...

I remember documentaries on these gothic cathedrals and the questions engineers have about their construction today.

A gorgeous place!

Sylvia K said...

Incredible!! Superb captures! Truly breathtaking, Genie!! Thanks for sharing! Hope you're enjoying a lovely weekend!!

Sylvia

Revrunner said...

Dare we say that it was inspired architecture?

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Genie:

As a feat of engineering, and considering the date of its construction, this is truly incredible. Uplifting in every sense it serves today, as it always must have done, to set one's thoughts on a higher plane.

M said...

Your photograph captures the beauty and marvel of this exquisite church. The upper level is like standing inside a jewel box. Bon dimanche!!!

Jeanie said...

One of my favorite spots! I remain in awe of how it was built. I'm thinking a little divine intervention!

Alexa said...

Takes my breath away every time.

Rosemary Nardone said...

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Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I love the Sainte-Chapelle and you took an amazing picture of it!

Randy said...

I would not want to clean up there. It is beautiful though.

Linda said...

Excellent composition.