Built in 1242-'48 by King Louis IX to house his collection of the relics of Christ, the Sainte-Chapelle is the crowning glory of the Palais de la Cité on the Île de la Cité

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Sainte-Chapelle, Paris

Built in 1242-'48 by King Louis IX to house his collection of the relics of Christ, the Sainte-Chapelle is the crowning glory of the Palais de la Cité on the Île de la Cité.

Built in 1242-'48 by King Louis IX to house his collection of the relics of Christ, the Sainte-Chapelle is the crowning glory of the Palais de la Cité on the Île de la Cité. It is the pinnacle of Rayonnant Gothic architecture, featuring one of the most extensive 13th century stained glass collections in the world. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its remarkable architecture.

Laid out on a simple linear plan without a transept and ambulatory, the church has 2 levels. The Sainte Chapelle soars upwards, measuring 36 m x 17 m x 42.5 m, with its spire rising to a height of 75.75 metres above ground level. The western frontispiece is organized on 4 levels – 2 lower levels with portals, a Flamboyant rosette with stained glass depicting the Apocalypse which illuminates the upper chapel, and a gable flanked by turrets. The tympanum of the ground level portal features the Coronation of the Virgin, and the tympanum of the portal of the upper chapel features The Last Judgement. To the south, the wall of the oratory of Saint Louis is noted for its balustrade of lilies flanked by 2 projecting gargoyles. Below it is a small statue of the Virgin in a niche, which marks the top of the portal's gable. The gable is flanked by statues of Saint Louis and a bishop. The lead-clad roof has a statue of Saint Michael, and a wooden spire with an octagonal base. The façade features tall windows with ogival arches featuring trefoil patterns.

The breathtaking interiors feature richly colored vaults and gilt work. The soaring stained glass windows of the upper level beam abundant light onto the rich primary colors of the tile mosaics on the floor. The 15 metre high stained glass panels across 15 windows depict 1113 scenes from the Old and New Testaments, recounting the history of the world from Genesis through Christ's resurrection to the arrival of the relics in Paris. The 3 windows of the eastern apse illustrate the New Testament, featuring scenes of The Passion of Christ, Saint John the Evangelist and the Childhood of Christ, and the Life of John the Baptist and the Book of Daniel. The cycle starts at the western bay of the north wall with scenes from the Book of Genesis, followed by scenes from Exodus, Numbers/Leviticus, Book of Joshua, and the Book of Judges. The south wall has the Books of Jeremiah and Tobias, Books of Judith and Job, Book of Esther, Book of Kings, and the history of the relics. The shrine contained 22 relics of the Passion, including a fragment of the Holy Cross and the Crown of Thorns. They are now preserved in the treasury of the Notre-Dame de Paris.

The lower level has a darker ambience, with gilded ribbed vaulting that frames the interiors. The ceiling is painted deep blue with golden stars, evocative of the sky and heavens above. The nave has 4 bays, with walls featuring blind trefoil arcatures topped by an oculus, each of which contains a medallion featuring one of the 12 Apostles. Above the dado level, there are 12 larger-than-life-sized sculpted stone figures of the 12 Apostles.

Admission is €10, with free entry for children under 18 years, French residents aged 18-25 years, and disabled persons. Self-guided tour brochures are available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Russian, Dutch, Chinese and Portuguese. Audio guides are available in English, German, Italian, Spanish and Japanese for an additional €3. Combined tickets for the Palais de la Cité's biggest attractions – Sainte-Chapelle and the Conciergerie, are available for €15.


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About Sainte-Chapelle

 8 Boulevard du Palais, 75001 Paris, France

 +33 1 53 40 60 80

 www.sainte-chapelle.fr

Sainte-Chapelle and Nearby Sights on Map

Conciergerie

Part of the former royal palace Palais de la Cité on the Île de la Cité, the Conciergerie is a medieval Gothic fortress and prison where the last queen of France Marie Antoinette was imprisoned prior to her execution in 1793

Ile de la Cite

The Île de la Cité is an island in the Seine River that is considered as the cradle of Paris, having been settled by the ancient Parisii tribe as far back as 250 BC

Eglise Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre

It is a Melkite Greek Catholic parish church

Musee de l'Armee

The Musee de l'Armee or Army Museum presents the history of the French Army, from the 13th through 20th century

Crazy Horse

Essaion Theatre

Latin Quarter

The Latin Quarter on the Left Bank of the Seine has historically been the university district of Paris centered around the Sorbonne, the home of the former University of Paris

Le Cordon Bleu Academie d'Art Culinaire

Le Memorial de la Shoah

Opened in January 2005, this Holocaust Memorial comprises a major documentation centre and a wall bearing 76,000 names of Jews deported from France to the Nazi camps between 1942-1944

Paris Catacombs

One of the most eye-popping sights of Paris, the Catacombs represent a network of labyrinthine tunnels, first excavated in the Roman period, that now house the remains of over 6 million burials removed here from the various overcrowded cemeteries and charnel houses all over Paris in the late 18th and early 19th centuries