At about 108 feet tall the nave is as stunning as it is tall.
Me, happy to be in Paris!
The facade of the Ste.-Chapelle, which was built by Louis IX to hold relics of the Passion of Christ and to serve as his own private chapel. It was once attached to his royal apartments on the chapel's upper level and I like to imagine Louis, slipping into the chapel in his satin azure p.j.'s covered with fleur-di-lys in order to glimpse the splendor of this space again and again. How could one, especially Louis who so closely aligns himself with this building--even depicting himself in the glass inside--turn his back on it? We had a hard time doing so.
One of the great monuments of Gothic architecture, it was an exciting moment as we awaited our entrance... (Note Dave at the end of the line, wearing shorts on a rainy, 55-degree day and loving it).
...fifteen, 45-foot tall windows containing over 1100 biblical scenes. WOW! The podium below is where Louis displayed (for a select and special few) his precious relics, dispersed and destroyed during the French Revolution.
The jewel box nature of this structure is much-written about in the history of art and with good reason. In fact, it is the lasting impression I take away from this building on my most recent, that is today's, visit--gold and huge fields of colored light delicately embracing a space where one feels lucky to be. Exactly as I suspect Louis planned one to feel.