History in the Eyes of the Beholder

Reflect on a time in the last few years when you felt genuine excitement learning about something.

I stood in the Sainte-Chapelle, listening to the echoes of angelic choir voices, while a soft pink glow set over the whole room, filtering through the stained glass windows that cover the walls. Every crevice, every little detail can be seen while walking through; every relic that adorns the walls has a story to tell and offers onlookers a glimpse into the past. The light illuminates the detail on the altar’s metalworking and creates an aura that neither pictures nor an art history textbook can describe accurately.

Studying the history of the Sainte-Chapelle while being there makes the learning three dimensional; the experience essentially provides a backdrop for the history itself. A significant intersection of textbook knowledge and first-hand experience occurs, heightening the learning process. The history of Sainte-Chapelle can be better understood when one views the magnificent display of both wealth and artistry, offering an explanation for the historical events that have occurred there.

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