Located in the center of the city within the Palais de Justice complex on the Île de la Cite, La Sainte Chapelle (Holy ... More
Located in the center of the city within the Palais de Justice complex on the Île de la Cite, La Sainte Chapelle (Holy Chapel) is a small Gothic chapel constructed in the Rayonnant style. Built by King Louis IX from 1238-1244, the chapel housed holy relics from the Passion believed to be Jesus' Crown of Thorns and a piece of the True Cross. These items were purchased from the Byzantine emperor Baldwin II in 1239 for a huge sum of 135,000 livres (the church cost 40,000 livres to build) due to the King's desire to elevate France as the leader of Western Christianity. La Sainte Chapelle provides visitors with a spectacular visual experience, since the entire upper tier of the chapel is surrounded by enormous stained glass windows.
Forget the Notre Dame. Sainte Chapelle is the real church worth visiting while in Paris. Unfortunately everyone always goes on about the former while not many has heard of Sainte Chapelle.
This is where the kings used to worship. The stained glass windows are absolutely spectacular - so much better than the Rose Window at Notre Dame. In fact they are the most awesome stained glass windows in the world.
Certainly one of the places you must visit in Paris.
I visited the Chapelle by accident sincE I had been taken down that road by my son who had wanted to visit the pet shops. walked in to the Chapelle and I felt that I had been transported into a dream world. The very opulently decorated ground floor was special but the wonder and awe that I felt we went upstairs was indescribable. It was like being inside a bubble of the most exquisitely coloured glass. There was colour everywhere but not bright or garish -- but exquisite.
A visit to La sainte Chapelle is an absolute must. It is tiny but so very graceful and beautiful. a jewel amongst jewels.
This place is the most amazing location I have ever visited. It's stain glass is so detailed...its incredible. Definently the highlight of my trip...I prefer this magnificant church way more than Notre Dame! Don't miss this jewel in the city!
I went to Europe as a 14 year old, and remembered it being the highlight of my trip. When I returned this summer, I HAD to go back. I have never seen so much stained glass in one place - it is breathtaking! It would be wonderful to have enough time to visit it at different times during the day, to see the effects of the different light.
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