Pictures and Highlights From Sainte-Chapelle

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    Western Rose Window and the Apocalypse of St. John

    The Western Rose Window at the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris depicts the biblical Apocalypse of St John.
    ©2010 Courtney Traub.

    Built between 1242 and 1248, the Sainte-Chapelle is one of Europe's outstanding examples of high gothic architecture, and is particularly noteworthy for its stained glass and rose windows. The upper chapel depicts a total of 1,113 biblical scenes in 15 stained glass windows. Each painstakingly crafted panel tells a story.

    In this shot, you can see the 15th-century Western Rose window above a painted scene depicting the tale of the Apocalypse as told in the biblical book of St. John.

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    Cross-Section of Stained Glass at Sainte-Chapelle

    A cross-section of stained glass at Sainte-Chapelle in Paris, France.
    ©2010 Courtney Traub.

    This image shows a cross-section of the delicate stained glass at Sainte-Chapelle in Paris, which was restored to its medieval glory by 19th-century French architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc. He was also heavily involved in efforts to restore the nearby Notre Dame Cathedral.

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    Apostle Pillar at Sainte-Chapelle

    One of 12 Apostles at the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris, France.
    ©2010 Courtney Traub.

    This shot shows one of the 12 statues at Sainte-Chapelle representing the biblical 12 Apostles, symbolically displayed on the nave in the upper-chapel. Six out of 12 of these are originals; the rest were re-created as part of 19th-century restoration efforts.

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    Detail of Angel at Sainte-Chapelle

    Detail of angel wall sculpture at Sainte-Chapelle in Paris.
    ©2010 Courtney Traub.

    This shot shows the detail of an angel figure at the Sainte-Chapelle. Every available surface in the sumptuous chapel is decorated and used for biblical storytelling.

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    Play of Golden Light at Sainte-Chapelle

    Stained glass and statuary at the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris, France.
    ©2010 Courtney Traub.

    The interplay of soft light and shadows at Sainte-Chapelle produces a distinctly ethereal ambiance. The presence of yellow in the stained glass, candelabras and golden tones in the statuary, walls and ceilings create a warmer effect than many gothic cathedrals.

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    Intricate Column at Sainte-Chapelle

    Detail of a painted column at Sainte-Chapelle in Paris.
    ©2010 Courtney Traub.

    This detail of a column at Sainte-Chapelle demonstrates how intricately each available surface is decorated at the 13th century marvel of high gothic architecture.

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