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Heavenly chapel

Paris, France

This is the Sainte-Chapelle in the center of Paris, which was built to house the crown of thorns, purchased by Louis IX. It was built to hide the structure of the architecture and highlight the gorgeous stained glass windows, which appear to stand without any support (which is why I called it “heavenly”- it’s like you’re looking up into heaven). I was lucky enough to be on the Arts in Paris Center for Global and Intercultural Studies program during the summer of 2014, during which we traveled almost every day to learn from sites in Paris, which means that this extraordinary chapel was my classroom that day. All of these photos were taken on excursions for class. Not a bad classroom, in my opinion.