Le Chapelle de la Trinite, or The Chapel of the Trinity, took my breath away with its over-the-top-ness (for lack of a better word). There’s so much going on, as is typical with ornate Baroque style, that it’s difficult to know where to look.
Steeped in history, the Chapel was originally a monastery church belonging to the Mathurin monks. Years later it was incorporated into the Chateau and has been the site of many important events (Louis XV’s marriage, Napoleon III’s baptism, Marie-Louise d’Orléans’ marriage to Charles II .. to name a few).
The ceiling was created by sculptor Barthèlemy Tremblay and painter Martin Freminet, and depicts several important Christian events.
I particularly enjoyed the windows with their decorative panels and ironwork.
On the second floor, at the “back” of the Chapel, was a posh VIP area where members of the Royal family would attend Mass while the lowly members of the Court congregated below.
I can’t recall where, but I’m pretty sure I read somewhere that the congregation below actually faced the Royals during Mass, and not the service at the front.
Here’s a shot of the Royal-only area..
One thing I make a point of doing when visiting fancy places is to look down (admittedly it was difficult to pry my eyes away from the beautiful walls and ceiling here), because the floor is quite often impressive too.
Look at the details! I couldn’t find any information about the floor, so hopefully someone can fill me in in the comment section below.
And lastly, because I’m sharing this on Good Friday, here’s a painting of Jesus on the cross. I can’t remember exactly, but this photo might be from just outside the Chapel. Regardless, I thought it was appropriate to include it today.
Happy Easter to my readers of the Christian faith. And happy weekend to everyone, regardless of your religious beliefs.