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Sainte-Chapelle, Upper Chapel | by Jan Nagalski (off for awhile)
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Sainte-Chapelle, Upper Chapel

Since we tourists were packed in so tightly, it felt hard to breathe, let alone walk and aim a camera ; -) So I aimed upward at one of the most amazing stained glass structures that I could have imagined.


This is the Upper Chapel of Sainte-Chapelle, built in 1248, which was reserved for the king and royal family. Others used the Lower Chapel shown in the previous picture (Please click right). Fifteen magnificent stained glass windows are framed in very narrow pointed arch frames. Each window is over 50 feet high (15m)! Over 1000 religious scenes are portrayed in the windows. Unfortunately, restoration scaffolding, and tourist mob prevented a more complete picture of this Gothic marvel. I can only imagine the awe a person in the Middle Ages must have felt in such a grand building!

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Taken on May 3, 2014