Sunday, March 22, 2009

Churches in Paris

In the past few months, between Italy and now Paris, we have entered a lot of cathedrals, basilica's, and churches. Each one seems to be unique in some way and they all are amazing works of art and architecture. In Paris we saw 5 masterpieces.

Dome Church at Les Invalides
This church contains the grave of Napoleon Bonaparte. It is accented with gold and was modeled after St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.

Here his the tomb of Napoleon.

Sainte-Chapelle is considered a Gothic masterpiece. It was hard to get a good picture from the outside but the inside was truly amazing.

The windows were breath taking! The detail in each window is simply amazing. Below is a closer picture of one of the circles. It doesn't do it justice.

Basilique du Sacre-Coeur
This is one of those things from Paris that you can see from anywhere. It is huge and sits on a hill above Paris.

Notre Dame is just wonderful. I love the back and all the detail in the stone work. It took 200 yrs. to build it.

The Pantheon was hard to get a good picture of. It is set in the Latin Quarter of Paris. There are many famous people buried within including Victor Hugo and Marie Curie. It was really cold inside.

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