Sainte-Chapelle in Paris


Sainte-Chapelle in Paris Stained Glass


Sainte-Chapelle was built in 1248 AD this chapel has become ever since a outstanding sight to see. It was indeed a royal residence until 14th century and considered one of the highest achievements of Gothic architectural style Rayonnant.


Sainte-Chapelle in Paris Stained Glass


Who Built Sainte-Chapelle

The architect of the building is sadly still unknown, but we can now estimate that his blueprint of the building costed around 40,000 livres tournois and with all the added features, like Crown of Thorns (135,000) and other relics coming up to a 200,000 livres tournois ($52 million!).


Sainte-Chapelle in Paris Stained Glass


Saint-Chapelle Interior

As it was originally build to house the Crown of Thorns, but there were another few relics purchased by King Louis IX to accomplish the arrangement. Here are names from a few of them: an original Jesus's cross fragment, relics of the Virgin Mary, the Mandylion, the Holy Sponge and the Holy Lance.


Sainte-Chapelle in Paris Crown of Thornes


During the famous french revolution it was critically damaged, but later restored in 19th century. The restaurateurs referred to drawings of the original books and official descriptions, but the lower part was basically reinvented due to lack of documentation.


Sainte-Chapelle in Paris Lower Part


Sainte-Chapelle Stained Glass

We cannot talk about the chapel and not talk about the famous stained glass collection. Ranging in about 618 m2 it has become the biggest 13th century stained glass collection in the world. It's made in five colors: blue, green, red, yellow and purple.


Sainte-Chapelle in Paris Stained Glass


It is not just pretty pictures, it is a shocking 1113 biblical figures. It is a real book that you can subsequently read starting from from Bible story until the Passion of the Christ, book of Esther and book of Kings, the last sections depicts the story how King Louis brought the relics to the chapel.


Sainte-Chapelle in Paris Stained Glass


It was originally created to help illiterate people to read the Holy Book, here is a full list of them:

  1. Genesis

  2. Exodus

  3. Numbers

  4. The Book of Joshua

  5. The Book of Judges

  6. The Book of Isaiah and the Jesse Tree

  7. Saint John the Evangelist and the Childhood of Christ

  8. The Passion of Christ

  9. Saint John the Evangelist and the Childhood of Christ

  10. The Passion of Christ

  11. Saint John the Baptist and the Book of Daniel

  12. The Book of Ezekiel

  13. The Books of Jeremiah and Tobias

  14. The Books of Judith and Job

  15. The Book of Esther

  16. The Book of Kings

Sainte-Chapelle's Rose Window

It actually dates from 15th century and has 87 petals.


Sainte-Chapelle in Paris Rose Window


Sainte-Chapelle Restoration

The glass itself was restored two times: ones in 19th century and later in 2008-2014. The last one would be a clean up and restoration of the Sainte-Chapelle exterior after the damage of the World War II. After all the bombing the glass darkened and got scratched a lot. The restoration was completed with the help of lasers that could read through the dirt to originate the image. The whole project cost was around €10 million.


Sainte-Chapelle in Paris Stained Glass