Tuesday, July 05, 2016

The Most Beautiful Chapel Ever Built: Sante Chapelle, Paris

Sante Chapelle, Paris

The Sainte Chapelle (Holy Chapel) is a royal chapel in the Gothic style, within the medieval Palais de la Cité, the residence of the Kings of France until the 14th century, on the Île de la Cité in the heart of Paris, France.

The Sainte Chapelle is considered among the highest achievements of the Rayonnant period of Gothic architecture. It was commissioned by King Louis IX of France to house his collection of Passion relics, including Christ's Crown of Thorns—one of the most important relics in medieval Christendom.

Along with the Conciergerie, the Sainte Chapelle is one of the earliest surviving buildings of the Capetian royal palace on the Île de la Cité. Although damaged during the French Revolution, and restored in the 19th century, it has one of the most extensive 13th-century stained glass collection anywhere in the world.

Medieval man was able to bring forth amazing faith-inspired works of beauty that organically flourished from a Christ-centered society. Nelson Fragelli, researcher and speaker on Medieval architecture shares his insight with you about one of Christendom's most noble examples of medieval artistry, guided by profound wisdom and the love of God.

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