When one evokes Paris, the iconic image of the Eiffel Tower is the first thing that comes to mind. Even when a movie we want to make a composition of place to say that the action takes place in the City of Light, the first thing that appears is a frame in which the aforementioned tower appears in more or less detail. And that the Eiffel Tower was built for the Universal Exhibition of 1889. Which means a little time in the history of an ancient city known since Roman times and founded by the tribe of Gauls Parisi.
Along with the Eiffel Tower we have another series of iconic landmarks such as the Cathedral of Notre Dame inevitably associated with the famous novel by Victor Hugo, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The Arc de Triomphe in the Place de Etoile.O and if we talk about neighborhoods like Montmartre artists or even the Moulin Rouge are earlier in the collective memory of the little treasure we will discuss in this article
Just from the main entrance of Notre Dame headed toward the Archeological Crypt of Notre Dame and took the Rue de la Cite to the right on the left side of the street and we turn left when you find the Rue de Lutece and found at the end of the street with the Court. In there is the jewel of Gothic overshadowed by the nearby presence of Notre Dame. La Sainte Chapelle.
Ordered built by Louis IX in 1242 and 1248, later canonized as St. Louis, to house the relics of the Passion of Christ of which the best known is the Crown of Thorns, but also part of the Spear, sponge and other relics of the Passion of Jesus Christ acquired Emperor Baldwin II of Constantinople.
Log in Sante Chapelle is a unique opportunity to enjoy one of the finest works of florid Gothic. The ground floor was reserved in the Middle Ages to the people and the servants.
Of all the people with whom I shared the experience of entering the Sainte Chapelle are very similar, when one enters the lower chapel is like a ship in the proportions and decoration, obviously is restored, as during the French Revolution was a building that suffered damage. In 1846 it was decided to perform the restoration, which is led by the architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, famous for its medieval restorations, which respects the original decor.
But the apotheosis happens when you ascend the spiral staircase to the upper chapel (Chapelle Haute), it feels that it has entered into a kaleidoscope. Surrounded by more than six hundred square meters of windows where blues dominate, with golden columns and representation of the starry sky in the vaults, with themes of Genesis, Exodus … And makes one think, you paid more for the relics (100,000 pounds) that wanted to keep inside of this building so that its construction cost (40,000 lbs)
And that makes me think that the most important thing is, that spiral staircase, which allows us to rise from the lower chapel, for five
hundred years since there was no such access, because the common people did not have the right to see what we see now with our eyes. Because access was only for the king and his court from a direct entrance from the palace.
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