The Sainte-Chapelle, the 1000-stained-glass-window monument in Paris reopens

Published by Elodie D., Laurent P. · Updated on 18 December 2020 at 10h37 · Published on 18 June 2020 at 18h42
The Sainte-Chapelle is a gem in Paris, that is over 800 years old and famous for its stained-glass windows disclosing over 1,100 scenes. Reopening on June 23, 2020.

Set a few meters from the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Sainte-Chapelle may be the most protected historic monument in Paris. Safe from looks, within the Palais de la Cité, between the Law Court and the Court of Cassation, this chapel provides a magnificent show to the eyes.

As visitors return, several measures have been made: new opening hours and closing hours have been set up. The Sainte Chapelle will now open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., last access 40 minutes before it closes. Please note online booking is mandatory, so are facemasks within the building from 11 years old. Hand sanitizer is available.

The Centre des Monuments Nationaux reminds in a press release that a direction of visit "is imposed on the entire tour, and a new 90-people gauge has been set up to protect you all, visitors and officers, within the monument".

This monument has been built in 7 years, between 1241 and 1248 to house the Crown of Thorns and other relics of the Passion, bought in 1239 by Louis IX! And to keep these Christian treasures, the Church builds a 33-m long and 42.5-m high (spire excluded) building and adorns it with 1,113 stained-glass windows to let the light in from all the sides of the building.

These stained-glass windows, wonderful creations from the 13th century are made of colored glass creating a grid of lead, shaping panels of different shapes disclosing scenes of the Old Testament and the Passion of the Christ.

Take the time to enjoy the acoustic of the Sainte-Chapelle and the two chapels. In the low chapel (or chapelle basse), you have the statue of the Virgin, patron saint of the sanctuary, as well as decors restored in the 19th century, and a fresco from the 13th century displaying the Annunciation. This is the oldest mural painting in Paris.

The high chapel (or chapelle haute) is the reliquary with a magnificent decoration. The 1,113 scenes of the 15 glasses tell the story of Humankind, from the Genesis to the Resurrection of the Christ. The Passion is set across the Apocalypse.

If the monument sounds religious, this is also the flag-bearer of the French prestige in medieval Europe!

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4 Boulevard du Palais
75001 Paris 1


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