The Chairs of Saint-Sulpice

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The Chairs of Saint-Sulpice

It's a shame that Saint-Sulpice's pop cultural affiliations (thanks, Dan Brown!) have made this gorgeous church a tourist madhouse. We intended to visit Saint Sulpice last year during our unofficial "Churches of Paris" tour (we're obsessed with the architecture), but were turned off by the scores of Da Vinci code tour groups. There were at least four or five mobbing the doors. No thanks. On Saturday, we were in the neighborhood and decided to pop in. It was raining hard, and there was no one in sight, so we were hoping for a quiet tour. And that's what we got. Not only was it quiet, there were just two people inside! It was a cool feeling, and the echo went right through me. We walked around taking in the beautiful stone, dizzying heights and delicious architectural details. But what I was most interested in were the chairs. For some reason, the rows and rows of empty chairs struck me. There was a heaviness to it, and I couldn't stop photographing them. Aren't they lovely?

18 comments

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Wishful Nals

i adore st. sulpice. xo

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by laura

St. Sulpice may have been my favorite church in Paris. I too got to see the beautiful building with very few tourists to ruin the ambience. Thank you for the wonderful pictures!! Such a beautiful place.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by **WE BLOG ARTISTS**

They really are very lovely…
I could do with a few more chairs here at home!
Char

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by erin

lovely post.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by CitricSugar

Gorgeous shots! How lovely to be able to visit in the "off-season"…

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Phoenix

Great shots – I love these. And aren't rainy days in foreign cities the best days to go out and explore??

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Barchbo

We're left bankers and LOVE St. Sulpice! I did not know that it was featured in the DaVinci Code so I would have been totally crushed to show up and be faced with hoardes of fans. (Totally selfish, of course.) So glad you got visit in, relatively undisturbed!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Engracia

Oh, I love churches as well.
Cheers
Engracia

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Carpet Repair

That’s funny the chairs looks like soldiers because the designs are very uniform. I love it.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Ana Patricia

Im so jealous!! Im studying this cathedral right now. Great eye with the images of all the chairs!

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