Sainte-Chapelle is symbolic of the High-Gothic or Rayonnant architecture of medieval France and is worth visiting when you are on a Paris private tour. Tourists wait for some time in the chapel entrance, clear security checks, and follow their Paris tour guide to get to the lower level of the chapel.
Knowledgeable Paris private tour guides would prepare tourists for what lies ahead in the upper chapel in Sainte-Chapelle. When tourists climb the spiral staircases in the Sainte-Chapelle, they may feel claustrophobic, but the gothic feel of the Parisian chapel would give pleasure to all. Below are some aspects of the Sainte-Chapelle and its kaleidoscopic architecture.
The Stained Glass
Stained glass on the Sainte-Chapelle belongs to thirteenth century France. The 15 windows, each of them 15 meters tall, depicts 1113 figures from both old and new testaments of the Bible and recite world history till the arrival of Christian relics in Paris. In fact, the chapel is noticeable not just for the gothic-looking glass windows but also for the painted patterns on vaults, walls, ceiling, and floor of the Sainte-Chapelle.
The Chapel Construction
The chapel was built in the thirteenth century France, over seven years, and houses many Christian relics including Jesus Christ’s crown of thorns, which was acquired by Saint Louis IX. The crown of thorns is a feature in Notre Dame Chapel nowadays. The monumental chapel in Paris is renowned all over the world and it demonstrates the political influence of France and Christianity to the rest of Europe.
The Sainte-Chapelle Restoration
The restoration of the bays in Sainte-Chapelle begun in 2008 and it was completed in the year 2014 alongside the western rose stained glass window, the metal structures of the windows, the chapel façade, as well as gothic sculptures. Chief architect Alain-Charles Perrot was involved for the restoration of windows 101, 103, and 105, and Christophe Bottineau was the architect for windows 107, 109, 111, 113, and the rose window.
The restoration was completed to commemorate the 800th birth anniversary of King Louis IX. Restoration involved breaking giant windows into small glass panels and cleaning them with lasers.
The Sainte-Chapelle resides within walking distance from the Notre Dame, the big flower market, and the Conciergerie. In fact, tourists on a Paris private tour can visit all of these attractions at once alongside the River Seine.