If only a typical historical and architectural description were to be written, no one would probably visit this chapel. It would sound like this: a two-storey, gothic castle chapel in the former royal seat on the island of Cite.
In fact, it is by far one of the most amazing pieces of architecture that can impress you more than the entire Notre Dame Cathedral.
It was built to store one of the most valuable relics of Christianity - the crown of thorns of Christ (upper chapel). Over time, other Christian relics and relics of the patron saints of France (lower chapel) found their place in the chapel.
What makes your legs bend is in the upper chapel.
Imagine a huge room, several meters high, the walls of which consist almost entirely of huge, colorful stained glass windows. The stone load-bearing elements of the building have been reduced to a minimum. Almost everything is made of glass.
Beautifully colored light fills the entire interior and creates an insane atmosphere that cannot be compared with anything or even described.
They are able to show photos a bit, but of course they will not replace the live experience. I highly recommend visiting Sainte-Chapelle.
Below is a panoramic photo that you can rotate and zoom.
I have marked the location of the chapel (5) on the island of Cite on the map.
The crown of thorns went to Paris as a result of a financial pledge that was not bought back.
The Emperor of Constantinople Baldwin II, who was in an extremely difficult financial situation, pledged a crown of thorns for a huge amount of money in 1238. Apparently, it was over 13 Hyperpyrons (gold Byzantine coins weighing 4,3 g), which weighs approximately 56 kilograms of gold.
He concluded the contract and the money was paid to the emperor by Podesta of Constantinople - the administrator of Venetian estates in the Latin Empire.
It was known that the crown would never be bought by the emperor. The French king Saint Louis took advantage of the situation, who a year later (1239) bought the crown from the Venetians acting as a "consortium of creditors". He paid almost three times as much for the crown as it cost to build the Sainte-Chapelle chapel.
Over time, the financial condition of Baldwin II continued to deteriorate, leading to a situation where he decided to pledge his only son Philip for further loans.
The emperor never recovered from his financial problems and spent the rest of his reign on the so-called begging journeys in Western Europe. His son Philip was bought out of pledge by Alfonso X - King of Castile and Leon.
Tickets to the Sainte-Chapelle
Entrance tickets can be purchased without any problems via the Internet. The link is provided below.
Official information from the chapel:
“We strongly advise visitors to buy a ticket online and book a time slot. Priority access is given to guests with an electronic ticket. "
Check it out: online admission tickets - Sainte-Chapelle - [click]
Sainte-Chapelle Chapel - opening hours
Chapel opening hours:
From April 1 to September 30: open from 9:00 a.m. to 19:00 p.m.
October 1 to March 31: open from 9:00 am to 17:00 pm
Last admission 40 minutes before closing.
Closed May 1, December 25 and January 1
Sainte-Chapelle Chapel, GPS coordinates:
48.855331, 2.345184 - click and route
Nearest metro stations:
Cite - line number 4
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