I was walking around after visiting Notre-Dame when I saw a queue of tourists. During lunch break I read about it and decided to join the queue. I don't regret for a second, this is my second favorite place in Paris so far after the top of the Saint Jacques Tower. As you enter the first level of Sainte-Chapelle, you realise right away that is it not a typical church.
The first level has a low ceiling. The rock is covered with Blue and gold decoration. After climbing few steps, everyone arriving in the upper chapel shouts WOW!!!!! I am not kidding and stayed near the staircase to feel the amazement of the people.
When you turn around you discover the sumptous rosace and its delicate scenes in the stained glass:. Thanks for your comment Britt. I see that you are heading to Europe soon. Drop me an email when you are in paris! I attended an evening concert here last September which was just magical and a good way to avoid the queue!
Bookmarking - sounds like a wonderful thing to do. Send a private message to likeswords. Find More Posts by likeswords. April should be a great time for a Sainte Chapelle concert. Last time we were in Paris in late April we went to a concert at SC and it was fascinating to watch the windows as it got dark.
We got there while the windows were fully illuminated and as it gradually got dark, the windows changed. Something lovely to watch while we listened to the music. Send a private message to mamc. Find More Posts by mamc. We will be in Paris in late May and would like to attend a concert at St Chapelle.
Where can I find the schedule for concerts? Can anyone give a website? Send a private message to nini. Find More Posts by nini. Feb 13th, , PM. There is a ticket office at Ste Chapelle just near where you queue for tickets to the Chapel itself. Just walk to the head of the queue assuming there is one and you should find the ticket office. Last question: How can I transport myself there right now?! Thanks again. Sainte Chapelle doesn't have its own website. The concerts are not run by the govt.
There is one main booking agency that plays the same program there repeatedly, over and over and have for years , I think this is www. Contrary to what some posts have said about this, they are not some official group of Ste Chapelle and they are not the only musicians who ever play there.
They just have a very lucrative gig. There's another group that plays there quite a bit, also, Les Archets de Paris. You can get a more comprehensive listing of concerts there at a regular ticket agency, like at FNAC or Virgin, as well as just going there to see when you are in Paris. Send a private message to Christina.
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For more information, read our privacy statement. The tickets ahead of time were a must for this venue - especially since the Notre Dame was not open due to reconstruction after the fire. We went just after lunch and the line was around the block. For another exquisite example of French architecture, see: Eiffel Tower With its height beneath the vault of only 21 feet, the chapel resembles a crypt. It is composed of a central nave 20 feet wide and very narrow side aisles seven feet wide which form the ambulatory of the apse.
The thrusts of the central vault are buttressed by elegant, small interior flying buttresses, the braces, a particularity of the construction.
The vaults of the apse are held in place by a metal structure dating from the time of construction, hidden under plaster and paint, that follows the curve of the ribs.
The openings of the nave, which resemble curved pierced tympana lined with rose windows and trifoils, have an unusual form which Robert Branner has likened to the western bays of the side aisles in the cathedral of Amiens. The flooding of the Seine during the winter of , caused important damage to the lower chapel. It particularly damaged the original paintwork and required the taking up of the floor and funerary slabs, moving of the altars and taking down of the stained glass windows.
The use of the chapel as a grain store, during the Revolution, was less devastating. We do not know anything about the stained glass windows of the lower chapel. Taken down after the flood, they were replaced shortly after by colourless stained glass windows The present day windows, devoted to the life of the Virgin, were drawn by Steinheil during the nineteenth century.
In the nave, small scenes are inscribed in a decorative grisaille. In the apse, the two lancet windows have full coloured glass. In the left lateral bay, a door led to the sacristy situated on the ground floor of the Chartes treasury.
Unable to contain any glass, this bay was decorated in the thirteenth century by a mural painting of The Annunciation painted directly on the wall. The painting, discovered in , was restored by Steinheil. See also: French Painting c. The upper chapel, which is reached today by the narrow corkscrew staircases leading to the roof, amazes us by its dimensions, elevated structure, sumptuous decoration and the multi-coloured sparkling light that streams through its stained glass windows.
Built according to an extremely simple design, freeing a space 34 feet wide by feet long, it is composed of a single nave with four bays, finishing in a seven-sided apse. The walls are non-existent, replaced by surfaces of glass that appear to be of an astonishing lightness.
The glass surface, 6, square feet without the rose window, is marked by elegant stonework supports which hold up the ribbed vaulting. Their slimness is a cause for wonder, but a cluster of nine pillars cleverly disguises their real thickness. The architect has, as much as possible, transferred the supporting elements to the exterior so as to liberate a huge interior space.
This architectural daring, defying the laws of balance, relies upon optical illusion and employs strategems that demonstrate the chief architect's ability: two metal clamps ensure the coherence of the stonework and the glass' resistance to the wind, encircling the upper chapel halfway up the bays at the top of the lancets, where the eye mistakes them for the saddle bars of the stained glass windows; other metal elements hidden in attics ensure that everything is held in place; the difference in height between the windows of the nave 51 feet and those of the apse 45 feet , although their lancets are the same size; the narrowness of the bays of the apse and the hardly visible salience of the supports enhance the extreme lightness and height of the chapel, 67 feet beneath its vault.
Sainte-Chapelle's Stained Glass. The upper chapel owes its reputation to its homogeneous group of stained glass windows. The 15 thirteenth-century stained glass windows and the western rose window, replaced in the fifteenth century, give a coloured light whose intensity has always been the cause of admiration.
The infinite fracturing of the colours produces a multi-coloured light whose general tone, predominently blue and red, changes from hour to hour. These stained glass windows, composed of 1, figurative panels, nearly two thirds of which are original, constitute one of the great treasures of stained glass religious art in Europe. The windows of the nave, 50 feet high and 15 feet wide, are divided into four lancets, joined together under a tympana composed of a rose window with six foils and two quadrifoils.
The windows of the apse, 44 feet high and 7 feet wide, only have two lancets topped by three trifoils. The considerable homogeneity of the whole results from its overall narrative composition.
The space is divided into small, well-defined scenes, held in place by saddle bars, wrought according to the various forms of the pannels: quadrifoil, diamond, medallion, trifoil or oval. Compositions partitioned in this manner were generally reserved for the stained glass of low windows, like those of the side aisles of Chartres cathedral.
Here, the height of the windows and the reduced scale of the characters makes reading of a third of the scenes practically impossible by the naked eye. The illuminated scenes are separated on an ornamental background known as the mosaic, simple squaring or oblique lattice mainly in red and blue, concerning eight of the fifteen windows.
The background is also sometimes decorated with heraldic elements, the towers of Castille and the fleurs de lis of the French crown, as is the case with seven bays and the edging of three of the stained glass windows. Unlike the low windows of cathedrals, which generally illustrate hagiographical cycles, the windows of the Sainte-Chapelle are destined to glorify the relics of the Crown of Thorns and the True Cross.
Madame Francoise Perrot, specialist in stained glass windows, has demonstrated that the iconographical program of the stained glass windows belongs to two separate but interdependent cycles, each corresponding to a part of the Chapelle.
A first historical cycle illustrates the life of the Jewish people according to biblical accounts from Genesis to the Book of Revelations.Chicago Independent Record Label with ADD and OC/DC.