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Chapelle de Jésus-Enfant #2

Today I went into a tiny chapel in Paris nearby the Basilica of Saint Clotilde. This place has been designed by the architect Gabriel-Hippolyte Destailleur, following a gothic revival architecture. Its realization has been motivated by the the abbot Hamelin in 1878, who wanted a more cozy and less intimidating place for the children at catechism (instead of the huge basilica).

 

Highly inspirated by the palace of Westminster, the decoration is targeted about the childhood and you can find many mentions about young saints on the altar and the apse. The name of the chapel itself means "the chapel of Jesus-child".

 

I never seen a so gorgeous chapel . Anywhere you look you could see nice paints and colors. The artificial lights add much to the atmosphere. I also had a conversation with the kind woman in pink. We discussed about the place and my photographic work there.

 

Finally I spent a good time in a good place. Beware if you want to visit it. Usually the place remains closed and locked, but sometimes you can find the door open.

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Taken on September 16, 2012