“Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
After the epic climb, well 200 steps up to the top of Notre Dame and the fact we had gone 2 hours without stopping for a coffee and people watching we decided to have a little break before exploring this side of Paris. I couldn’t resist getting a orangina which tasted incredible and so different to ours!! I have no idea why I bothered to tell you that, I am just rambling and now just rambling about rambling. Shut up Emma!!!!!!!
Feeling refreshed from our oranginas (what is wrong with me!!) we noticed we were near Saint Chapelle so we decided to go check it out after all it was on the top ten things to do in Paris. Its save to say that from the outside Saint Chapelle is rather under whelming specially after coming from Notre Dame but we were here so we went in.
The entire length of the church is incredibly stunning, the blue and gold made the whole room feel incredibly luxurious. Literally one of the prettiest interiors I have ever seen!
Tucked away in a corner is a simple wooden door, nothing special just a door hiding a narrow staircase. We decided to go up thinking that maybe it would take us up to private chambers or pray rooms, the room we just left was beautiful and incredibly over the top for a church. However what we found at the top of the stairs literally took my breath away. It takes a hell of a lot to shock me and I’m pretty sure in the last 33 years nothing has actually taken my breath away. But here I was in Paris stood in what can only be described as the most beautiful sight I have ever witnessed, honestly there is nothing I could say that could possibly describe how amazing this room was.
How beautiful does this picture look? Well I can safely say these pictures do not give the church justice, the room was even more stunning! Wanting to take in every single inch of what I was seeing I literally looked at every inch. The whole church was built in 7 years, which in its self blows my mind!
“Arranged across 15 windows, each 15 metres high, the stained glass panes depict 1,113 scenes from the Old and New Testaments recounting the history of the world until the arrival of the relics in Paris.”
Even the floor was beautiful! I mean are you even a blogger if you don’t photograph beautiful floor tiles?
So the above picture is the side of the church from the outside, for starters it looks no different from most Gothic style churches, it certainly doesn’t look like it holds Paris’s most stunning view. Secondly the windows don’t seem to marry up with what the windows look like from the inside. Inside the windows only look inches apart, however from the outside the structure of them looks completely different. Saint Chapelle is actually in the grounds of a very official French building, I can’t quite remember which one (sorry) but I believe it is some kind of courts. Honestly this blow my tiny little mind.
Again I am super sorry about the picture overload, even more sorry if you didn’t find it as beautiful as I did, however I find that pretty hard to believe. I promise that this is the last of the church posts from Paris and tomorrows post will be back to sickly couple pictures and I’m not even in the slightest bit sorry about it.
Hope you all had a lovely Christmas, ate too much and spent lots of time with loved ones!!!