Let’s start at the beginning. Notre Dame de Paris. It is MAGNIFICENT! I have never in my life seen something so spectacular and moving, the moment I entered the building I was literally speechless. My art history classes in college could not prepare me for how overwhelmed I would be. To think that this church was built 850 years ago leaves me with so many thoughts but mostly “how did they do it?”
(The exterior holds hundreds of statues that depict passages of the bible and because it was Winter, garlands were placed around the church adding something special)
(The stained glass is intricate and delicate as the light passes through to illuminate the interior)
(There are nooks that display different pieces of art, this was one of my favorites)
(At the top of a large stairway sits Sacre-Coeur. At night it is a place of gathering for young people who spend the evening drinking wine, singing, and gazing at the view of Paris in it’s entirety)
(Behind Sacre-Coeur lies an alley of vendors and restaurants)
Basilica of St. Michael, Bordeaux
(Basilica of St. Michael is not at the caliber of Notre Dame but it is also very breathtaking inside. The ceilings are higher than I can count and the hall stretches hundreds of feet long. It is very grand)
(It was so bright inside which gave this church a softer feeling)
France does not mess around when it comes to their churches. Aside from being incomparable inside, they are also very welcoming. Each church was a nice place to walk around quietly in peace, and take in all of the history that the walls held. I liked to think of who sat in the pews hundreds of years ago and what they were wearing, praying about, and hoping for.
Magnificent! I had no idea the city held such beauty. You are so fortunate to have made this journey Chelsea.
Thank you John! Yes, Paris and France in general is so beautiful!
Great review of the iconic churches in Paris! I went to Paris a few weeks ago and went to the Notre Dame, the Sacre Cour Basilica, and the St. Denis Basilica, where Marie Antoinette is buried. They’re pretty much all stunning! Thanks for sharing (:
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Hi Jonathan! I was probably there the same time you were. I just checked out your photos too! I so wanted to visit the cemetery but didn’t get a chance 😦 I love your blog, looking forward to seeing more!
Thanks, I look forward to seeing your future work as well!
Wonderful, Chelsea. Absolutely amazing! Something must be in the air, because I have another friend headed to Paris in April. You are making me want to take the trip!!
You just gotta! You will love it! It is like an amazing time warp!