Ageless Beauty at Sainte-Chapelle

posted by Sharon September 17, 2017 34 Comments
Sainte-Chapelle

The beauty of Sainte-Chapelle, in the heart of Paris, amazes all who enter here, but it is easy to miss. From the outside, this chapel that dates from 1248 is unimpressive. Sainte-Chapelle

It’s neighbor Notre Dame is only a couple of blocks away and seems to get all the attention. But don’t let the exterior fool you. Come on inside!

Sainte-Chapelle is known for its stained glass windows. It boasts more than 6,000 square feet of intricately colored glass. The panes depict 1,113 scenes from the Old and New Testaments and recount the history of the world up to the 13th century. Sainte-ChapelleSainte-Chapelle

Sainte-ChapelleSainte-ChapelleKing Louis IX, who lived next door in what is now known as the Conciergerie, built the church to house the relics he collected from Venice. During the French Revolution, this became administrative offices. Tall cabinets hid the glass. So when the choir stalls and other parts of the church fell victim to vandalism, these windows weathered the war. The rainbow of colors survived to be enjoyed hundreds of years later. Sainte-ChapelleSainte-Chapelle

The entrance level is a small chapel that’s now a gift store. Be sure to find the stairs at one corner and make your way up to the second level for the stained glass. Sainte-Chapelle

And don’t forget to look up at the ceiling and down at the floor. The sculptures in the doorway are intricate, too.  Sainte-Chapelle

Sainte-ChapelleSainte-ChapelleSainte-ChapelleAge did affect these lovely windows. All the panes were recently restored. Here’s how the windows looked pre-2008. Sainte-Chapelle from website

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The restoration was completed in 2014. Today, each colorful piece of glass lights up as the sun moves. Sainte-Chapelle

As you stand below these windows of Sainte-Chapelle, you can take in the colors and marvel that this art survives all these centuries later. Sainte-Chapelle

Sainte-ChapelleIF YOU GO:

Hours: Open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (later in the summer)
Price: Adults – 10 Euro. Combined ticket with the Conciergerie next door – 15 Euro
Location: 8 Boulevard du Palais; use Metro line 4, Cite

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34 Comments

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bettyl - NZ September 17, 2017 at 10:28 pm

What an amazing church! I’m so glad you shares its beauty with us, those windows are just fabulous!

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Jesh StG September 18, 2017 at 3:31 am

Amazing in how far they have been b=able to restore all the glass of the stained glass windows. Glad I didn’t have that job! Ah, I can see how much we haven’t seen in Paris – only the outside of the Notre Dame, lol. Many thanks Sharon for sharing this beauty of the Sainte chapelle with All seasons:)! Have a great week!

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin September 18, 2017 at 9:07 am

That stained glass – just wow!

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Neesie September 18, 2017 at 3:27 pm

Oh my Goodness Sharon…these images are breath-taking!
Sainte-Chapelle will definitely be on my list to visit. Those windows are so exquisite!
Thank you for sharing these amazing photos… Have a great week 😀

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image-in-ing: weekly photo linkup September 18, 2017 at 7:29 pm

Breathtakingly beautiful!
Thank you for sharing at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2017/09/orchids-endless-variety.html

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Photo Cache September 18, 2017 at 7:33 pm

Wow! Loss for words.

Worth a Thousand Words

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Fun60 September 18, 2017 at 7:52 pm

My favourite building in Paris. Beautiful photos.

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Angie September 18, 2017 at 9:56 pm

Sharon – these are wonderful pictures – especially the first few – as I scrolled down them, it looked like they were getting closer to me – not sure if you did this on purpose, but it was very captivating!

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Jim, Sydney, Australia September 18, 2017 at 10:21 pm

Looks amazing

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Cathy H September 19, 2017 at 1:31 am

Wonderful post! The windows are amazing!

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Holly September 19, 2017 at 1:54 am

Nothing short of spectacular! Thankfully all these windows are still here to enjoy hundreds of years later. Just Wow!!

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Patrick Weseman September 19, 2017 at 3:36 am

Wow, so very beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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Johlene Orton September 19, 2017 at 3:21 pm

Absolutely breathtaking!!

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Hilary September 19, 2017 at 4:23 pm

We absolutely loved our visit to this beautiful and somewhat hidden gem! So nice revisiting it today via your wonderful photos! #citytripping

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Kelleyn Rothaermel September 19, 2017 at 7:48 pm

Gorgeous! I am always impressed how each cathedral looks so different.

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Lins @ Boo & Maddie September 19, 2017 at 8:45 pm

My goodness those stained glass windows are just something else, what an incredible building #citytripping

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Lolo September 20, 2017 at 6:36 am

They certainly did a wonderful job restoring it!! I’ve been dying to go for years!! Your pictures are MAJESTIC! #CityTripping

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Life Images by Jill September 20, 2017 at 9:01 am

This certainly is a glorious chapel. I remember visiting about 12 years ago during out trip to Paris. Thank you for taking me back there today through Communal Global. Happy travels.

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Mandy September 20, 2017 at 12:45 pm

I went to Sainte=Chapelle a few Christmases ago and wasn’t super impressed. But, to be fair, we were visiting at night, so seeing the beauty of the stain glass windows and all of the intricate design simply didn’t happen. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous images of this church; maybe I’ll have to make a visit there when it’s light out so I can actually see what I missed the first time through! 🙂

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Forgetfulone September 21, 2017 at 12:17 am

Someday I’d love to see it in person. I think my daughter went there when she studied abroad. It’s impressive from the outside, but the inside photos are absolutely breathtaking. I can only imagine how beautiful it is in person.

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Cathy (Mummytravels) September 21, 2017 at 5:39 pm

This is such a beautiful place, one of my favourites in Paris – I’m always surpris5es it’s not more popular. Gorgeous photos. Thanks for linking up with #citytripping and sharing

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Ruth | Tanama Tales September 22, 2017 at 4:50 am

This place is so, so impressive! I have been to Paris only once but didn’t know this place existed. A little bit sad I missed it. BUt, now I know about it and hope to make it back to Paris soon. #FarawayFiles

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Katy September 22, 2017 at 4:20 pm

I only recently discovered Sainte Chappelle and we visited in March. It is every bit as beautiful as you have described. The craftsmanship in the glass is aweinspiring. Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

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Wendy Maes September 22, 2017 at 7:43 pm

I visited this one many years ago but it’s still one of the most beautiful churches I ever saw. Thanks for sharing. @TheWeeklyPostcard

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Nancy @ NY Foodie Family September 22, 2017 at 7:47 pm

What a beautiful church! I missed this on our Paris trip many years ago!

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Anisa September 22, 2017 at 8:38 pm

Wow the stained glass is amazing. I have not been, but it’s definitely on my list for my next trip to Paris. Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard.

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Buckeroomama September 23, 2017 at 12:36 pm

The stained glass there is just amazing! I was pretty much in awe at every church that we visited in Paris. They feel so ‘old world.’ I loved them.

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Michelle September 24, 2017 at 2:18 am

I love how you’ve been highlighting all these hidden gems in Paris that I never knew about. Sainte Chapelle is so beautiful and amazingly well-preserved, considering its age. It’s on my list for the next time I visit! Thanks for sharing!

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Esther September 24, 2017 at 8:06 am

Oh, I am such a sucker for stained glass windows. Just beautiful! Thanks for the peek inside.
#TheWeeklyPostcard

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Anda September 24, 2017 at 10:26 pm

You’ve got some stunning photos of these stained glass windows, Sharon. I love Saint Chapelle and I remember taking some beautiful photos there too, many years ago. I miss Paris! #TheWeeklyPostcard

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Lessandra Grimley September 25, 2017 at 6:47 am

Absolutely beautiful windows!! I hope some day I’ll get to visit Sainte Chapelle. Wonderful photos!

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Helena September 26, 2017 at 3:06 pm

This is a delight for the eyes. Thank you for sharing this gem. #FarawayFiles

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Erin Gustafson | Oregon Girl Around the World September 27, 2017 at 8:50 pm

Such a classic! It’s been a while since I’ve been inside – couldn’t convince the teens to check it out this past February. Maybe next time! Thank you for sharing with #FarawayFiles!

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Rob+Ann @TravelLatte(.net) September 29, 2017 at 1:20 am

We absolutely loved Ste Chapelle! After the crowds at Notre Dame, the relative quite of the chapel was welcomed, and the beauty of the stained glass is just astounding! Incidentally, admission is now included with the Paris Museum Pass, which we understand was not the case a few years ago. That makes the pass an even better deal! Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard!

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