July 26, 2013

The current Gothic Cathédrale Royale de Saint-Denis was dedicated in 1144 A.D., and replaced an earlier church consecrated in 775 A.D., which had replaced an even earlier church begun in 475 A.D. The church was a place of pilgrimage for early Christians, preceding the famous Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres by almost 100 years, and was the original burial location for Kings and Queens from the 10th to the 18th centuries, for some before that time. It is said the remains of Saint Denis were also buried there prior to the current cathedral's creation.

Above: Detail on the face above the front entrance door to Cathédrale Royale de Saint-Denis.

Pictures 1 and 2 are views by the Louvre and Invalides along the Seine River
Pictures 3 and 4 are tile paintings in the Charles de Gaulle Etoile Metro station
Pictures 5 and 6 are views of the church insides, and the stained glass right behind the alter
Picture 7 is quite ornate wood carvings and stain work on a prominent bench close to the nave
Pictures 8 and 9 are close-ups of the top rose window stained glass on the wall to the right of the alter

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