Category Archives: French Architecture

Notre Dame Architectural Style, Episode 5

Notre Dame architectural style, cathedral photographed from the back

Notre Dame Architectural Style

In today’s episode, Elyse talks to us about the Notre Dame Architectural Style. She explains the architectural innovations you can see at Notre Dame, she explains the function of stained glass windows, the architectural purpose of chimeras and gargoyles, the art you will see at Notre Dame, and many things that you need to understand about medieval architecture.

Many medieval visitors were illiterate, but back then, they knew how to read the statues and stained-glass windows they saw in Cathedrals. We have lost this knowledge today. That is why you need to listen to this episode and get a quick course in how to read a cathedral by looking at the art and the pictures.

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 Episode Highlights with Time Stamps
  • Limestone church [1’50”]
  • The 3 entrances of Notre Dame and what they mean [5’45”]
  • The Kings on the upper part of the facade  [10′]
  • The restauration of the facade in the XIX century [11’20”]
  • The structure of Notre Dame, Notre Dame architectural style and innovation  [14’15”]
  • Stained-glass windows [16’40”]
  • Gargoyles, chimeras and what they mean in medieval architecture [19’30”]
  • Architectural innovations at Notre Dame: the flying buttresses [23’15”]
  • Walk around Notre Dame [30′]

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The Sainte Chapelle in Paris, Episode 3

Sainte Chapelle in ParisThe Sainte Chapelle in Paris

On today’s episode we discuss the Sainte Chapelle in Paris. It was the King’s private chapel, and this is the one place in Paris that will make you feel like a king too. This should be on everyone’s Top-10 for Paris, really, even if you don’t enjoy visiting churches.

On a sunny day, the Sainte Chapelle feels like walking into a kaleidoscope. The colors will overwhelm you and you’ll never look at stained-glass windows the same way. The kings knew things about light and color that we’ve since forgotten, and it’s a privilege to see them again.

The Sainte-Chapelle is not very big, it shouldn’t take you more than a couple of hours to see it all, but these are two hours you will never forget. So next time you’re in Paris go!

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