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2005 photos - North & South Elevations
St. Denis Basilica,  Paris, France

St.-Denis: According to the legend he was beheaded by the Romans on the hill now known as Montmartre, after which he picked up his head and walked away. He was buried at the spot where he fell and abbey was built to mark the place. From the 6th century on, French kings chose the abbey as their place of burial.


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North Elevation

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South Elevation
Left: 13th century Gothic style (pointed pinnacles)
Right: 12th century
Romanesque style (rounded arches)


Gothic features

Stained glass window with Gothic arches and multifoil tracery

 

North transept - Rose window

North transept - Rose window multifoil tracery


South Elevation

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Left: 13th century Gothic style (pointed pinnacles) Right: 12th century Romanesque style (rounded arches)

South Elevation

South Elevation - detail from previous photo

South transept

Rose window
..... Triforium

Rose window

Compound arch in portal

St. Denis

South portal - detail from previous photo

South portal - detail from previous photo

Corinthian capital (with two rows of acanthus leaves, plus one row carved on the abacus)

Carved monster head on corbel




South portal - Mary and Jesus

 

 

 


Photos and their arrangement 2005 Chuck LaChiusa
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