Paris, day 4 part 1 - Sainte Chapel and Notre Dame de Paris.

Our forth day in Paris. Green went to some work-related meetings that were the reason for our Paris trip ;) And I went to the Cite island in the centre of Paris.

Palace of Justice
Exiting out of subway I immediately saw Palace of Justice. This is the place where Justice is dispensed since XVI century till this day.

Palace of Justice and Sainte Chapel
Palace of Justice was built on the location of royal palace of Louis IX. The only remaining part of the palace is Sainte-Chapelle, we can see it's roof and steeple here.

To get there first you need to wait in a long line to go through a metal-detector and bag x-ray machine.

Sainte chapel
Finally I am in. The next step is another line to Sainte-Chapelle ticket booth. It's located to the side of the main entrance. The ticket cost is 8 euros.
Sainte-Chapelle is divided into two levels: lower chapel and upper chapel.

Entrance to lower Sainte Chapel
Main entrance. No separate line to it, you get the ticket and immediately proceed to show it to the ticket inspector at the entrance to the chapel.

Lower Sainte Chapel
After entering we get into the lower chapel. It has a statue of Louis IX in the middle.

Lower Sainte Chapel

Stained-glass windows in Lower Sainte Chapel
Stained glass windows in the lower chapel.

Lower Sainte Chapel
It was used by courtiers, servants and palace guards.

Lower Sainte Chapel wall decoration
Bas-relief of an apostle on a wall of lower chapel.

On both sides of the main entrance in corners there are very narrow circular staircases, going up on those we get into...
Upper Sainte Chapel
Upper chapel and immediately lose speech. ;)

Upper Sainte Chapel
Upper chapel was used by the king and his favorites. But most importantly it was designed as the place to store sacred treasures such as Thorn Crown and a pies of the True Cross. And such treasures do need respectable surroundings!

Upper Sainte Chapel

Upper Sainte Chapel
Main piece of the surroundings is stained glass. Total area of stained glass windows in the upper chapel is 600 sq. meters (6,458 sq. ft).

Upper Sainte Chapel
And these are not just stained glass windows. It's glass old and new testament in pictures, and you can even read them.

Upper Sainte Chapel

Upper Sainte Chapel

Upper Sainte Chapel
Round window is dedicated to Book of Revelation.

Royal Entrance to Upper Sainte Chapel
Entrance to the upper chapel. It was connected to the palace and was used by the King.

wall carvings
Carvings in the walls.

Apostles along the wall of Upper Sainte Chapel

Apostles along the wall of Upper Sainte Chapel

Apostles along the wall of Upper Sainte Chapel

Apostles along the wall of Upper Sainte Chapel
Apostles on columns.

Upper Sainte Chapel
Small stained glass window in one of the walls of the upper chapel.

Upper Sainte Chapel
Last glance at the upper chapel from the circular staircase.

Staircase from upper to lower sainte chapel
Here is the staircase itself (at that time I did not know yet what sort of future feats on such staircases are awaiting for me that day But let's keep order.)

Sainte Chapel
Sainte-Chapelle view from a side. Here we can clearly see the difference in the heights of the upper and lover chapels. Total height of the building together with the wooden steeple is 33 meters (108 ft), length is 35 meters (115 ft) and width is 11 meters (36 ft).

Palace of Justice
Passing under an arch I get into the main entrance of the Palace of Justice.

Roof of courthouse
Dome is another courthouse on the other side of the street from Palace of Justice.

Next stop: Notre Dame de Paris

Notre Dame de Paris
also known as Notre Dame Cathedral.

Bird feeding
Somebody was feeding sparrows on a square in front of the cathedral

Notre Dame de Paris
Of course the is a line to enter the cathedral, but at least the entrance is free. The cathedral with bell towers is 69 meters high (226 ft).

Asian bride
From the "Asian weddings abroad" cycle ;)

Inside Notre Dame de Paris
First look. I must say that it's just enormous!

Inside Notre Dame de Paris
Behind first row of pillars there is another row of seats.

Inside Notre Dame de Paris
A lot of people inside. A calm quiet music is played. When people get noisy the announcement asking for silence was made.

Inside Notre Dame de Paris
One of a side-wall stained glass windows. This sort of a window is called a rose, another one is behind me.

Inside Notre Dame de Paris
These roses are the biggest in Europe. 13 m (42.5 ft) in diameter.

Notre Dame de Paris organ and main stained glass window
Look at the main rose and organ that are located above the main entrance to the cathedral.

Grand Pipe Organ
111 stops and around 8000 pipes, amazing! I would so like to hear it.

Inside Notre Dame de Paris
Some sort of a table on a pedestal in the center of the cathedral in between the two stained-glass roses.

Inside Notre Dame de Paris
Behind the table you can see some sort of a sculpture with a cross.

Inside Notre Dame de Paris
Nice wooden painted carvings and seats are located on the sides. Above it are pipes of smaller choir organ.

Appearances of the Risen Chist
On the other side they also have pictures and carvings. This one is "Appearance of Risen Chris".

Inside Notre Dame de Paris

Next we walk by side corridors, right hand side of which have various sculptures with lit candles at their feet.

Inside Notre Dame de Paris

Inside Notre Dame de Paris

Inside Notre Dame de Paris

Inside Notre Dame de Paris

Inside Notre Dame de Paris

Inside Notre Dame de Paris

Inside Notre Dame de Paris

Great Chandellier
The Crown of light or the great Chandelier. Lantern was used to name a large-diameter circular chandelier made of silver, copper, iron or wood, supporting little oil pots with wicks. These lanterns were called wheels or Crowns of light when they bore a great number of oil pots or sometimes wax candles. The Crown chandeliers were made of gilded copper with additional enamels, crystal balls, metal lace and pendants, all aimend to enhance the brightness of the lights. During celebration days, worshippers considered it as the picture of Celestial Jerusalem and the Chris.

Inside Notre Dame de Paris
Gate into the central part in between the wooden pictures.

Inside Notre Dame de Paris
Wooden picture on the other side of the cathedral.

Inside Notre Dame de Paris
Cute door. BTW all such doors were different from each other.

Inside Notre Dame de Paris
And now we returned back into the center, but from another side.

Virgin and Child
Statue of The Virgin and The Child.

Inside Notre Dame de Paris
In the center of the Notre Dame de Paris.

Inside Notre Dame de Paris

Virgin and Child

Virgin and Child
And another statue of The Virgin and The Child.

Wishbooks
These wish-books were located near the statue. People were leaving their wishes there in all sorts of different languages.

Inside Notre Dame de Paris
Closeup of one of the stained glass windows.

Inside Notre Dame de Paris
Another cute door.

Wall decorations Inside Notre Dame de Paris

Notre Dame de Paris Treasury
Treasury of Notre Dame. The entrance costs 4 euros.

Russian goblet gift
Russian goblet.

Crown of Virgin
Crown of The Virgin.

Monstrance
Monstrance given to Louis XVIII in 1823.

Staff tip
Top of a staff.

Inside Notre Dame de Paris
A hallway in the main part of the cathedral.

Lit candles

Lit candles

Notre Dame Swarowsky set
In the Notre Dame souvenir shop you can even buy Swarovsky merchandise.

The Baptistry and the Nativity
Baptistery and Nativity of Christ..

Inside Notre Dame de Paris

Inside Notre Dame de Paris

Main entrance to Notre Dame de Paris
Central entrance into the Notre Dame de Paris. Above it is a picture of the Last Judgement.

Main entrance decorative carvings

Notre Dame square and a line
Again at the square in front of the cathedral, the line got even bigger and longer   

This concludes the first part. 

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Wow! those pictures really fascinates me. Paris indeed is the greatest in terms of infrastructure and culture.