Saint Germain en Laye and a chapel!!!

And I come back to my beloved old living area, department Yvelines dept 78 of the Ïle de France region just near Paris but not Paris at all. This is Saint Germain en Laye!

We have come here since the 90’s when we were visiting France and checking out the areas for eventual moving in permanently in 2003. We almost sent our boys to the Lycée international in Saint Germain en Laye and opted for Le Chesnay near Versailles instead. So have written several posts on the town ,wont repeat information as much as possible.

The Château de St Germain en Laye is now an archeological museum which is recommended to see. However, for me the architecture and history of the castle is it. 


Coming up with new old photos got me to write this post. Some on the castle, the cloister, and the chapel itself, great witness of French and European history to say the least.

It was an act of king Louis IX,(Saint Louis) dated 1238, which tells us about the construction of this chapel. The same year, in this chapel, Beaudoin II, Emperor of Constantinople, ceded to Saint-Louis the relics of Christ, including the crown of thorns, for which the Sainte Chapelle in Paris was erected a few years later. Dating from the 13C, the Saint-Louis Chapel of Saint-Germain-en-Laye was probably designed by the architect Pierre de Montreuil who would also have worked on the south cross of Notre-Dame Cathedral of Paris. Radiant Gothic style, it was the scene of many historical events.


Among the royal weddings that took place there, we can remember that of François I with Claude de France in 1514. Charles IX was baptized there in 1550 and Louis XIV in 1643. François I, Henri II, Louis XIII, then Louis XIV, in their desire to transform and then enlarge the castle, contributed to the modification and concealment of the Gothic chapel, one of the pavilions of Jules Hardouin-Mansart commissioned by Louis XIV will end up hiding the exterior facade and the roof of the building. It was the architect Eugène Millet who, in the 19C, was responsible for reviving the palace of François I, as part of the development of the Museum of National Antiquities. To do this, the pavilions erected by Mansart will be deconstructed and the 13C chapel will be reconstructed as faithfully as possible. Oh yes a masterpiece!


The museum of National Antiquities at the Château de Saint Germain en Laye on the Saint Louis Chapel

Seeing it alone is worth the trip, a marvel of our times, I have an older shot of the exterior with the cloister when it was gardened, and the castle of course. Hope you enjoy this memorable post as much as I. Saint Germain en Laye is superbe!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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