"Sainte Chapelle" Sainte-Chapelle Tip by codrutz

Sainte-Chapelle, Paris: 145 reviews and 357 photos

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  • Sainte Chapelle - Paris
      Sainte Chapelle
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  • Sainte Chapelle - Paris
      Sainte Chapelle
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This Gothic Catholic chapel was built in Paris during the Middle Ages (1245-1248) for Saint Louis, the king of France of that time, by his gifted architect, Pierre de Montereau. It was designed as a shrine for the Jesus Christ's thorn crown. The thorn crown was bought from Constantinople (Nowadays, Istambul in Turkey).

It's exterior architectural details, the 15 colorful stainglasses, accesories and the finensess in its ensemble made it an unequaled jewel of the XIIIth century.

The stories of the spires: The first spire of Sainte Chapelle, placed by Montereau, having crumbled with age was succeeded by a second, under Charles VI, made by Robert Fouchier. The second spire was consumed by fire and replaced by Louis XIII, in 1630. The third spire was sacrificed in the Revolution, and the present erection dates from the last general restoration of the chapel under Louis-Philippe. It is in the flowery style of the second half of the XVth century and recalls the design of Fouchier.

Address: Boulevard du Palais
Directions: Sainte-Chapelle is inside the Palais of Justice on Ile de le Cité-- a few minute walk from Notre Dame. Métro : Cité, Staint-Michel, or Châtelet. RER: Chatelet -Les-Halles, Saint-Michel
Phone: 01 53 73 78 50
Website: http://www.pbase.com/francist/chap&page=all

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  • Updated Jun 24, 2008
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