Magnificent, breathtaking, moving, the Sainte Chapelle is a beautiful religious building located in the heart of the capital, on the Ile Saint-Louis. Built in just 7 years, this royal chapel is a marvel of Gothic architecture that should not be missed during your stay in Paris at the Hotel Saint Jacques.
An architectural masterpiece
Built by King Louis IX, commonly known as Saint Louis, in the middle of the 13th century, the Sainte Chapelle was designed to house the relics of the Passion of Christ. To reflect this purpose the architecture has a strong vertical emphasis. The great stained glass windows dominate the interior to an extent that was unprecedented in the architecture of the time. The design of the Sainte Chapelle is exquisitely refined yet of great simplicity. There is no transept, and the focus is on a sense of weightlessness and elevation, with the interior flooded by light.
The treasures of the Sainte Chapelle
The Passion relics collected by Saint Louis are preserved in the Sainte Chapelle in the Grande Châsse, a large and elaborate reliquary. The 15 stained glass windows are some of the finest examples of their kind in the world, having a powerful aesthetic appeal. They present scenes from the Old and New Testaments in glorious colours. The Sainte Chapelle is an unmissable wonder and you will be dazzled by its architectural precision and heavenly beauty!
Your room at the Hotel Saint Jacques
Located in the Latin Quarter, on the Left Bank of the Seine, the Hotel Saint Jacques offers an elegant and vintage decor, and a welcoming atmosphere, ideal for relaxing. The rooms are spacious, bathed in light, and promise quiet and relaxing nights. Enjoy a drink in the bar Toulouse-Lautrec to reflect on your experience after exploring the Saint Chapelle.
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Hotel Saint-Jacques Paris, a 3-star hotel at the heart of Quartier Latin