Travel: Paris, Walk 4: Sainte Chapelle, Musee Jacquemart Andre

The Conciergerie housed over 1400 prisoners after the revolution including Marie Antoinette. Most lost their lives to the guillotine. Behind is the Supreme Court and St. Chapelle.

It was a particularly cold but clear day with a bitterly cold breeze.  We were determined to make the best of it and visit a couple of old favorite sites we have not seen in a very long time.

Our first stop was Sainte Chapelle, built in 1242 to 1248.  Today it is considered to be the most beautiful church in Paris.  What is remarkable is the enormous volume of glass and light.  It is truly stunning.

The roof of St. Chapelle from the courtyard of the Supreme Court.
Remarkable stained glass dating to the 13th century.
The verses of the Bible can be read in the glass panels, left to right from the bottom to the top.
The ceiling is filled with gold leaf stars.

Our next stop was Musee Jacquemart Andre.  A private residence that  became an art museum bequeathed by the owners.  It holds an extraordinary collection including paintings by Rembrandt, Botticelli,   Uccello, and several others.

Upon arrival we decided a bite to eat was in order and we took advantage of the museum’s wonderful cafe.

Brunch with a nice Rose from Provence.

Now the house and collection.

The entrance.
The Salon.
The Conservatory.
Exceptional interiors.
Incredible ceilings.
An unknown court jester.

You cannot go to Paris without a visit to the Arc de Triomphe.

A fitting finish for a fun visit.

Today’s walk: 5.4 miles, 16 flights of stairs.

Tomorrow we fly to Lisbon for the next leg of our journey.  Thank you Paris.  Hello Portugal!

Much love to you all,

J&J

 

 

 

 

One thought on “Travel: Paris, Walk 4: Sainte Chapelle, Musee Jacquemart Andre”

  1. It appears from your wonderful photos that you’ve had sunny weather throughout your Paris stay. Are you using a real camera or a phone? Today’s museum visit must have been a treat. The decorative appointments are beautiful, and the ambience of the home truly elegant. (And not every house has a painting of the family’s court jester!) Having dined so sensibly and having walked so extensively, you are now in good shape for your next lap in Portugal and beyond. Have fun!!

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