The Chapelle Royale of the Château de Versailles !!!

This is a masterpiece inside the Château de Versailles; it has been recently renovated and better than ever. I like to tell you a bit more on the Royal Chapel as again found me couple pictures of the exterior that needs to be in my blog, See my other post with interior pictures, Hope you enjoy this post on the Chapelle Royale of the Château de Versailles as I.

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I came first to the Château de Versailles back in 1990 and was like any tourist hurry up to see all in one day.  I had my family, my parents, and wife’s grandmother with us. The first couple of trips were like this, then they were more routine until finally came to live here in 2003. I took this place as my own, for many reasons and I always enjoy telling something about it whether the domaine or the City all tops, and now the renovated Chapelle Royale is beautiful beyond words. Mind you these are older pictures from different years,

It was designed as a temporary chapel, and the 1682 Royal Chapel will be used for 28 years, It is the sanctuary that Louis XIV will have best known. Great ceremonies took place there, such as the receptions in the order of the Holy Spirit in 1688-1689 or the wedding of the Duke of Burgundy in 1697. The final location of the Royal Chapel was found in 1687. Like that of 1672, the building has a barlong plan. It has an initially rectangular bedside. It stands on two levels. On the first floor, a gallery reserved for the king, facing the altar, borders the entire nerf. The chapel is preceded by two superimposed vestibules, which give access to the north wing. On June 5, 1710, the chapel was blessed by Cardinal de Noailles, Archbishop of Paris.


On the ground floor (1 fl US) are placed two secondary altars dedicated to Saint Louis (Louis IX) and Saint Thérèse, patron saints of the royal couple. A third altar, adorned with a painting by Pierre de Cortona, occupies the gallery. This ancestor of Louis XIV, his patron saint and his model, built the Sainte-Chapelle, an architectural reliquary designed to contain the Crown of Thorns. The Parisian monument will serve as a model for religious architecture. The Royal Chapel of Louis XIV is inspired by it. The Royal Chapel was originally designed not to exceed the height of the roofs of the palace. But from January 1689, it was much higher. 43 meters high, it is surmounted by a cross at its eastern end. A large royal crown, placed on a cushion and a lead carpet, must have crowned the summit. It is a lantern almost 12 meters high, surmounted by a cross, which will top the building. Tt consists of a balustrade of open tracery and eight lead-sheathed wooden columns with composite capitals, heads of cherubs and festoons of flowers on the archivolts, eight consoles and finials surmounted by water leaves, a torus of acanthus leaves and a cross placed on a fleur-de-lysed globe.

In 1705, twenty-eight statues of Apostles and Evangelists, Church Fathers and allegories of the Catholic Virtues were placed on the outer balustrade. The program provided for thirty-four figures: the four Evangelists, the twelve Apostles, the four Fathers of the Latin Church, the four Fathers of the Greek Church, eight Virtues and the patrons of the French monarchy, Saint Louis and Charlemagne. The last two figures and four Virtues were removed.

The Château de Versailles on the Royal Chapel:

The Versailles tourist office on the Royal Chapel :

There you go folks, this is a masterpiece and only in glorious Versailles, The Royal Chapel is a must to see in the must to see Palace/ Museum of Versailles to be enjoy by all for generations. This is my Royal Versailles, memories forever. Again, hope you have enjoy this wrap up post on the exterior a bit more as the other post was on history and longer description as I.

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

2 Comments to “The Chapelle Royale of the Château de Versailles !!!”

  1. Unfortunately visitors cannot enter the chapel, but there is a good view of the interior from the ground floor door and also from the first floor.

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