The Windows of St. Chappelle
The famous stained glass windows of Sainte Chappelle in Paris. This is a few blocks from Notre Dame on that little island (Île de la Cité) in the middle of the city. The lines to get in here are long, so grab an espresso and a baguette to keep you company. But, once you do get in, wow! It was originally built in 1239 to house the relics of the crucifixion of Christ and, from what I understand, it looks pretty much the same today as it did then. The most famous part are these huge stained glass windows than adorn the walls of the upper chapel. It’s hard to get a sense of scale from this picture, but those windows are about 45 feet tall. One of the caretakers there told me that the designers intended to minimize the visible stonework so that the ceiling would look like it was just floating above the windows. He actually said about 80% of that in French (of which i only understand food talk) but a kind grandmotherly-type French lady was nice enough to translate it for me. Oh, and and you would expect….no tripods….so I shot this handheld………a feat made ever more complicated by the 2 double espressos I had just had for lunch.