"The city was made of pure gold, as pure as glass.
The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone."
Discover a building made of light and precious stones with our Sainte Chapelle private tour
The Middle Ages are caricatured as being a Dark Age. This is why Notre Dame and the Sainte Chapelle are described as being Gothic, meaning "made by Goths", as if made by barbarians... We will see with Notre Dame cathedral and the Sainte Chapelle how the age of the medieval cathedrals was not made of darkness, but made of light.
Medieval cathedrals really are amongst mankind's greatest accomplishments; immense structures stretchting the limits of a heavy material, stone, to reach the sky and become a space filled with light, overwhelming the visitor into a sense of marvel.
We will discuss how the Sainte Chapelle is unique while being in awe at the wonder of light.
The Sainte Chapelle is the best example of this pursuit of weightlessness, a jewel turning the light of the sun into a wonder to behold, a Bible made of coloured gemstones images that takes one's breath away.
Notre Dame cathedral resilience after the tragic fire is an unfortunate reminder of the genius of the medieval architects and craftmen. The tours of Notre Dame still take place but obviously from the outside. We will wonder at the architecture of Notre Dame, and gain a new appreciation for the masters who conceived and built those two world treasures.
We will also visit the Conciergerie, and to conclude this journey we offer an introduction to another treasure, the nearby Cluny museum, a medieval mansion built on top of Roman bath, housing statues from Notre Dame and the Sainte Chapelle, and many medieval treasures, amongst them a unicorn.
With the funding to restore Notre Dame secure, let us not forget who saved it : the firefighters. With great bravery, they risked their lives for 9 hours to save Notre Dame cathedral. If you wish to express gratitude, please make a donation to the Parisian Firefighters Charitable Works thank you.
These two monuments are likely to ignite your interest in medieval art so good news, we can also take you to the medieval treasures of the Louvre with our Louvre private tour or the nearby Cluny museum tour and a forgotten but amazing treasure, the Saint Denis Basilica where most French Kings are buried... Please contact us for availability and options.
We need advance notice to request a reservation time for the Sainte Chapelle.