Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Sainte Chapelle @ Paris

Exquisite stained glass chapel. More beautiful interior than the gloomy Notre Dame Cathedral. is the only surviving building of the Capetian royal palace on the Île de la Cité in the heart of Paris. Built between 1242 and 1248 under order of King Louis IX, the Sainte-Chapelle was constructed as a royal chapel to house the Holy Relics of the Passion of the Christ. These include the Crown of Thorns and fragment of the Holy Cross, which had previously belonged to the rulers of Constantinople when it was the center of Christian power. In purchasing the relics, which far oustripped the overall cost of building the lavish chapel itself, Louis IX's ambition was to make Paris a "new Jerusalem".

This church is quite hidden. You need to find the signboard show and queue up in order to enter the church compound.

Notice the pinnacle inside the building. That is Sainte Chapelle. Its hidden inside a building.

Ground floor.

This is the main area which made everyone impressed with the architecture. The art work is very fine and detail. And amazingly, this was done during 12 century.

Impressive stained glass.

The church is under going a major restoration now.

Admission fee: EUR8.00
Address: Palais de la Cité, 4 boulevard du palais, 1st arrondissement
Metro station: Métro Cité line 4


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