la Sainte-Chapelle
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Location Paris, France   map
Date 1238 to 1244   timeline
Building Type church
 Construction System cut stone masonry
Climate temperate
Context urban
Style French Court Gothic
Notes Gilded, gem-studded interior with great vaults reduced to tracery. built for King Louis, later sainted.



Photo, historical

Photo, historical




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Section Drawing


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Located in the heart of Paris, slightly west of Notre Dame, on Michel Bd. du Palais au Change.

Sources on la Sainte-Chapelle

Werner Blaser and Monica Stucky. Drawings of Great Buildings. Boston: Birkhauser Verlag, 1983. ISBN 3-7643-1522-9. LC 83-15831. NA2706.U6D72 1983. plan, section, and interior elevation drawings, p82. — Available at

Hans H. Hofstatter. Living Architecture: Gothic. New York: Grosset and Dunlap, 1970. LC 68-10649. NA440.H613 1971. exterior photo, p35. perspective drawing of leaf capital, p89. elevation drawing of window with pinnacled gable and balustrade, p88.

Dennis Sharp, ed. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Architects and Architecture. New York: Whitney Library of Design, an imprint of Watson-Guptil Publications, 1991. ISBN 0-8230-2539-X. interior, exterior photos, p191.

Alene Stickles, University of Oregon. Slide from photographer's collection, June 1993. PCD.2365.1012.0634.026, facade. PCD.2365.1012.0634.029, interior view of apse. PCD.2365.1012.0634.028. PCD.2365.1012.0634.027, exterior view of apse.

Henri Stierlin. Comprendre l'Architecture Universelle 1. Paris: Office du Livre S.A. Fribourg (Suisse), 1977. transverse section drawing, p168. plan drawing, p168.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about la Sainte-Chapelle


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