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St. Denis Basilica - Table of Contents

Stained Glass - St. Denis Abbey
Paris, France

Suger rebuilt the narthex enclosed, sacred, single-story vestiblue at the western end of the church) and chancel and added an ambulatory with stained glass windows, but he left the nave untouched. The nave was redesigned by the architect Pierre deMontreuil. Although parts of Suger's building were kept, the new construction benefited from the technical advances of Gothic architecture at its peak. Nicknamed "Lucerna" (in Latin, "lantern") for the brilliance of its light, the abbey church is a key architectural project of the 13th century.

Ambulatory: The covered walkway outside the chancel and around the apse of a church. On the side of the ambulatory facing the outer wall, there are chapels that extend the outer wall. Ambulatories are somewhat rare in America, but common in Europe.

Blind arches: An arch attached to wall or other surface, for decoration

Chancel: The space around the principal altar of a church for the clergy and choir, often separated by a screen or railing from the body of the church

Clerestory: An upper story row of windows; a window so placed

Triforium: Gallery of arches above the side-aisle vaulting, and below the clerestory, in the nave of a church


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Nave looking into chancel

Left: ambulatory; right: chancel

Clerestory / rose window
Triforium
Gothic arches

South transept: rose window over triforium over blind arches

Triforium

Rose window

Rose window

Transept: rose window over triforium over blind arches

Triforium

Rose window

Rose window
Clerestory over triforium

Clerestory

Clerestory and ribbed vaulting

Ribbed vaulting and clerestory

Clerestory

Clerestory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





Photos and their arrangement 2005 Chuck LaChiusa
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