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The Sainte Chapelle : 

a hidden and magical gem of Gothic style (13th century)

It is renowned for its stunning stain-glass windows. It was designated world heritage site by UNESCO.

Surely among the top best sites to visit when you are coming to Paris.

VIDEO  and my ADVICE below (video by Ann Jeanne in Paris) – at the BOTTOM of this PAGE

Location

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Plan d'acces - Google mapThe Sainte Chapelle is located on la Cité Island  (Ile de la Cité) between the 2 banks of the Seine.

It’s a short walk from Notre Dame (400 meters) and 200 meters from Saint Michel Metro stop, inside the courtyard of the Palais de Justice. The entrance is on the left side of the Palais de Justice’s entrance

 

Some History

It was Royal chapel commissioned by King Saint Louis (Louis IX) in order to receive the relics of Christ’s Passion, including the Crown of Thorns. The King wanted to make Paris the second Christian capital in the world

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It took 6 years to build, between 1242 and 1248. It was consecrated in 1248, just 3 years after the towers of Notre Dame were completed. It’s one of the finest examples of high gothic architecture.

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The upper Chapel

The Sainte Chapelle was damaged during the French Revolution in the Late 18th century. It was restored later in the 19th century but most of the original 13th century stain-glass windows are the original ones.

Since the revolution, the chapel no longer holds any of the relics of the Christ’s passion. They were moved to Notre Dame Cathedral’s treasury where they are still now. 

The Holy relics of the Passion of the Christ and the Crown of Thorns: 

They were offered to Louis IX, king of France by the Latin Emperor of Constantinople in 1238. The Saint Chapelle was built in order to receive it. The relics stayed during 500 years in the Sainte Chapelle until the French Revolution. Then it was deposited in Notre Dame de Paris. The relic can be seen on the first Friday of every month at 3pm. It includes a piece of the Cross along with the Holy Crown of Thorns

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The upper Chapel

The Chapel has 2 levels : A lower and a upper chapel :I

t’s a quite small church divided into a lower and a upper chapel. Though both are beautiful, the most beautiful is the upper chapel.

The lower chapel is devoted to the Virgin Mary. This floor was the place of worship of the Palace personnel. A quite dark chapel. A blue ceiling decorated with golden fleur-de-lis (the royal symbol). It was the place for the palace staff and the king’s household.05122017-IMG_1322

The upper chapel : Only the king and his entourage had access to this floor

  • You get to the upper Chapel through a spiral staircase from the lower chapel.
  • The stained glass windows are 15 meters high from the floor to the ceiling. Their red and blue colors  are just amazing. Even more on a sunny day.
  • Two third of them are the original ones, dating from the 13th century.
  • They are made of 1113 biblical scenes that tell the history of mankind from Genesis to the resurrection of Christ.
  • A large rose window was added to the chapel in the late 15th centruy
  • The blue ceiling decorated with golden stars
  • In the choir, the empty shrine once contained the relics of the Passion of Christ.

Video of the Sainte Chapelle

 

Practical details :

  • Address : 8 boulevard du Palais – Paris 1  Metro Stop : La Cité (line 4) then 100 meters  walk or  Metro stop Saint Michel, then 200 meters walk

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    The Sainte Chapelle and the Palais de Justice, in the background

  • Opening days :
    • Opened everyday (except 1st od january, 1st of may and 25th of December)
    • From march 1st to October 31st : 0.30am to 6.00 pm
    • From November 1st to February 28th : 9 am to 5 pm
    • Last tickets sold 30 minutes before the chapel closes

WARNING : The chapel is closed between 1 and 2 pm during the week

My advice :

  • Don’t miss going upstairs to the upper level, as this is the most beautiful part of this chapel : when you enter the lower chapel the staircases are immediately on the left and right sides. Narrow and winding stairs to climb. It may be difficult for some persons though this staircases are quite short.
  • Sainte Chapelle can be a little hard to find.  
    • The entrance to Sainte Chapelle is to the left of the Palais de Justice and its gilded iron gates. It is just next to the Justice Palace. It is a bit hidden from view inside the courtyard of the Palais de Justice. but you’ll find signs to guide you. But you may not see the sighs…
  • I would recommend visiting at the opening:
    • in the morning or in the afternoon to avoid the crowd as much as possible, especially at Summertime.
    • And if possible on a sunny day. But if it’s not sunny, it is still beautiful and worth it (the day I took the photos and videos was not a sunny day !)
  • Better buy your tickets on line : you’ll probably still have to wait in line, but for a shorter time and you will still have to go through the security check as for every visitor, But with your tickets booked in advance you may save time.
  • You can visit it under 1 hour.
  • Make sure to wear a coat or a jumper inside as it’s often a bit cold inside

You can combine your visit with….

  • with a Ann Jeanne in Paris Private tour in the Latin Quarter or in Saint Germain des Prés neighborhoods. I can pick you up at the end of your visit at the Sainte Chapelle, then we’ll stroll through the streets of one of these neighborhood where i’ll be delighted to share my favorite places with you.                                 More details about AJIP private tours               CONTACT

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    AJIP Private tours in Saint Germain des Prés or the Latin Quarter after your visit at the Sainte Chapelle

  • with a visit of Notre Dame (400 meters walk from the Sainte Chapelle) Choose a visit at the opening time to avoid waiting to much.
  • with a visit of the Flower Market, located on La Cité Island too, a stone throw from the Saint Chapelle

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    The Flower Market

  • with a break at the beautiful café “Les 2 Palais” (see the photo below) located in front of the Palais de Justice. You won’t be surprised to see lawyers dressed in their suits of lawyers. It’s the closest and nicest café to the Palais de Justice. 

    Cafe des 2 Palais in front of the Sainte Chapelle

    Cafe des 2 Palais in front of the Sainte Chapelle

  • with a visit of the Conciergerie. The Conciergerie is nearby the Saint Chapelle. It’s where Marie Antoinette was imprisoned and 2700 other victims too before being sent to the guillotine during the French Revolution. A combine ticket is available for both monuments.

 

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Romantic Paris

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“Midnight in Paris” (2011) is a romantic comedy film, set in Paris, written and directed by Woody Allen. While on a trip to Paris with his fiancée’s family, Gil, a writer finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920’s. He loves Paris and dreams of living in the city after getting married to his fiancée. Gil believes that the golden age of Paris was in the 204s and loves walking in the city.  While going back to the 20’s, he meets his favorite artists : Hemingway, Picasso, Fitzgerald, Dali…

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Some of the movie’s spots :

  • St Etienne du Mont church, Where, willing to be alone, Gil take a breath of fresh air. The “magic” steps are to the side of the
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    church facing north. The church is where, Blaise Pascal, Jean Racine are buried. rue de la Montagne Sainte-Geneviève – Paris 5 – Metro : Cardinal Lemoine or Luxembourg

 

  • Rue Galande Paris 5 – On the left bank with little shops. x - Rue Galande b03f762c
  • Hotel Le Bristol, John and Helen stay at the five star Hôtel Le Bristol in the 8th arrondissement of Paris. They are accompanied by their daughter Inez and her writer fiancé …        Hotel Le Bristol – 112 rue du Faubourg st Honoré – Paris 1st :  a luxurious Parisian hotel where Gil and Inez are staying. Metro stop : Miromesnil
  • Hotel Le Meurice, Gil, Inez, Paul and Nina enjoy a wine-tasting on a terrace of this hotel. – A five-star luxury hotel in Paris.  Overlooking the Tuileries. Among this hotel’s guests : Queen Victoria, Alphonse XIII, the Shah of Iran, Tchaïkovshy, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali (Dali spent at least one month of each year at Le Meurice)…Le Meurice –  228 rue de Rivoli – Paris 1stCocktail avec arrière plan Tour Eiffel0
  • Restaurant Le Grand Véfour, 17 rue de Beaujolais (nearby the Palais Royal) – Metro stop : Bourse or Pyramides  : Where Gil and Inez dine with her parents. A restaurant with a impressive list of customers : Napoleon, Josephine,Colette,Victor Hugo,Jean Paul Sartre, Jean Cocteau…  
  • Place Vendome, Paris 1  – Metro stop : Tuileries : where Inez and her mother talk wedding rings in Chopard .x- ChopardVendomeView_Midnight
  • Restaurant Le Polidor, Where Gil meets and talks to Hemingway about his book. Le Polidor – 41 rue Monsieur le Prince – Paris 6 – Metro : Odéon –  Among Le Polidor’s guests : Ernest Hemingway, Paul Verlaine, André Gide, James Joyce, Antonin Artaud, Jack Kerouac.restaurant-polidor-midnight-in-paris-film-locations-ouen-paris
  • Restaurant Paul, When a coach and horses arrive to give Adriana her own trip back into the past. Some regulars at this restaurant : Yves Montand and Simone Signoret, who happened to live in an apartment above the restaurant. Restaurant Paul – rue Henri Robert, Place Dauphine – Paris 1st (at the opposite end of the Ile de la Cité – Metro : Pont Neuf – Restaurant Paul filename-dscn2946-jpg
  • Rodin Museum, Where Paul contradicts the guide about the women Rodin was involved with.    Musée Rodin – Hotel Biron 79 rue de Varenne – Paris 7 – Metro stop : Varenne. 

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  • Orangerie Museum, Place de la Concorde – Paris 1 – Metro Concorde – Some of Monet’s pictures are displayed there with works by Paul cézanne, Henri Matisse, Renoir and others.
  • Quai de Bourbon on the western tip of the Saint Louis island Metro Pont Marie. Gil goes to a party with Cole Porter playing piano, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.2015-01-21 - Midnight in Paris - Capture d’écran 2015-01-21 à 04.24.11
  • 17, Rue Malebranche – Paris 5 Metro : Luxembourgrue Malebranche - 9010008908_cdcb9b9c48
  • 27, rue de Fleurus – Paris 6 – Metro Saint Placide – Where Gil meets Pablo Picasso his his current mistress Adriana (Marion Cotillard)
    • Montmartre : rue du Chevalier de la Barre and rue Lamarck – Metro : Anvers or Lamark Caulaincourt
  • Parc Jean XXIII, Ile de la Cité Paris 1er  (behind Notre Dame) – Metro stop : Saint Michel or La Cité – Where Adriana’s journal is read to Gil.midnightinparis10
  • Maison Deyrolle, 46 rue du Bac – Paris – Metro : rue du Bac – Where the Surrealist wedding party takes place.
  • Maxim’s 3 rue Royale – Metro Concorde
  • L’Ile de France, 59, Quai de la Tournelle – Where Gil goes after finally splitting with Inez.
  • Shakespeare and Company, 37, rue de la Bucherie – Paris 5shakespeare-and-co
  • Pont Alexandre III, metro : Invalides  : where Gil and Gabrielle meet up in the rain. He acknowledges that “Paris is at its most beautiful in the rain”    Fin de l'histoire - tumblr_ndqmrwjFrN1re6b50o1_500

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Midnight in Paris (In French : “Minuit à Paris”) – 2011 – Directed by Woody Allen – with Owen Wilson, Marion Cotillard, Léa Seydoux, Rachel McAdams, Tom Hiddlestrn, Alison Pill, Kathy Bates, Corey Stoll, Adien Brody, Olivier Rabourdin, Kurt Fuller

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