Luminous French architecture

 

Several people have recently mentioned how much they enjoy my photos from Paris. Here are a few more!

Gothic architecture often gets a bad rap as being dark and gloomy. It can be dark and gloomy at night, but during the day it can be gloriously illuminated by the sunlight streaming through the high stained glass windows. Here are some photos I took in the church of St. Eustache in Paris last October which help illustrate that fact.  It was built after the Gothic period properly speaking (as the Corinthian columns attest), but still follows the overall style.

 

 

Although the nooks and crannies can still be dark by our standards, the progress made in building technology at that point in history allowed Gothic buildings to make better use of natural light in large buildings than had been done in centuries.

- Fr. Matthew Green

About Matthew Green

I am an origami artist and photographer (and teacher of both), a blogger, a freelance translator, former philosophy professor, and I love to sing. You can see my photos on Flickr and buy prints of some of them on Fine Art America. You can find me on Instagram, Twitter (@mehjg), and in various and sundry other social media sites on the web.
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7 Responses to Luminous French architecture

  1. Bill says:

    Beautiful, thank you for sharing!

  2. Chris Gillis says:

    Please keep posting Paris pictures. They are so beautiful.

  3. Jeanne Smith says:

    That first picture is magnificent with the figures on top of the columns and the stained glass window!

  4. Greg says:

    If I remember rightly the church was built in the 16th century, so technically in the Renaissance. The organ, partially visible, is among the largest in France at over 100 stops on five manuals. Built in 1989 by the Dutch firm Van den Heuvel, the case and front pipes are from the 19th c., it’s the latest in a long line of instruments in this important musical center. Thanks for the great pictures, FG, keep ‘em coming.

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