Notre Dame and Saint Chapelle

Its been awhile since our last post. We are actually home at this point and have gotten back into our routine lives….as much as we didn’t want to. Anyway we will try and catch you up on all of our adventures in France over the next few days.

After the Arc de Triomphe we visited the Notre Dame Cathedral and Saint Chapelle.

First Notre Dame….

This is the “Hotel de Ville”, or the Paris City Hall. This is what we saw as we came up out of the Metro on our way over to the Ile de la Cite . The Ile de la Cite is the island in the middle of the Seine river on which Notre Dame is located. The Ile de la Cite was where the ancient Parisii, a celtic tribe, founded Paris nearly 2,300 years ago.

This is the view looking up at Notre Dame from out front. All of those guys on the facade looking down at you are the 28 Kings of Judah. Just above the Kings is the Rose window, which is shown below as seen from inside of Notre Dame.

This is a shot of the front of Notre Dame from across the river.

This is called “Point Zero” and is located in the plaza just in front of Notre Dame. It is considered the center of France, the point from which all distances are measured.

The guy in the middle holding his head is St. Denis. St. Denis is considered the patron saint of Paris. When the Christians began recruiting converts in ancient Paris, Denis, was beheaded by the Romans as a warning to those giving up their Roman gods. He proceeded to pick up his head, wash it off and continue to walk around paris for the next 3 days. The Parisians were convinced that this was a miracle and the church gained many more converts. This is one of the many statues on the front of Notre Dame.

A few more of the sculptures on the front of the church.

And a few more…

Marcia in front of Notre Dame.

Notre Dame from the backside.

Marcia and Notre Dame.

A view of Notre Dame from across the Seine River.

As we crossed several of the pedestrian bridges in Paris we noticed all of these locks. It appears that lovers, newlyweds, boyfriend and girlfriends come to the bridges and proclaim their love for each other and then lock the lock to the bridge and throw the key into the Seine!

After Notre Dame we were off to Lunch and then Saint Chapelle.

Saint Chapelle is located on the Ile de la Cite also, a short walk from Notre Dame. Saint Chapelle was built between 1242 and 1248 for King Louis IX. On the other hand Notre Dame took nearly 200 years to be built. Saint Chapelle was built originally to house the Crown of Thorns, the crown that Christ wore when he was crucified. The crown is now actually housed in Notre Dame. Saitn Chapelle is much smaller than Notre Dame and very unspectacular from the outside, but from the inside……

Unassuming Saint Chapelle from the outside.

Saint Chapelle from the inside!

The altar in Saint Chapelle.

Looking up at the ceiling in Saint Chapelle. Note the Rose Window in the back of the church.

Here is an example of the leaded glass work in Saint Chapelle. Again, everything, including the glasswork was all completed in 6 years. Each round circle tells a story. There are 15 different panels depicting 1,100 different scenes and stories from the bible. The 15 panels comprise more than 6,500 square feet of leaded glass .

Here is a closeup of one of the panes.

This is from the back of the church. As the sun moves during the day, different panels of leaded glass will be illuminated.

Saint Chapelle is housed in a complex that also houses the French Supreme Court, shown above.

Well, that was our day at Notre Dame And Saint Chapelle. Like I said, we’re running a little bit behind getting caught. We’ll get the remainder of our pics posted in the next few days.

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