The Royal Chapel

The Royal Chapel, Versailles

The Royal Chapel
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  • Versailles-Château • 10 min walk
  • Versailles-Château • 10 min walk
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WeHa 98
Aschaffenburg, Germany239 contributions
Aug 2021
You can only look into it as we are not permitted in, but I would definitely recommend taking a peak as the surrounding rooms as also impressive. Gold, gold, gold.........everywhere.
Written August 21, 2021
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Nick D
Calgary, Canada1,310 contributions
May 2019
but we were not able to gain access to the chapel on our visit. it was still quite impressive but we would have really liked to have seen it up close.
Written April 27, 2020
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Alice R
Hobart, Australia8,215 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
Unfortunately unable to access, the ceiling is amazing, seen from two levels, the organ is just amazing too.
Written March 13, 2020
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theredhat
caribbean38 contributions
Feb 2020
Amazing all the resources that went into creating this Chapel that was used by so few people. I would have enjoyed walking into the Chapel.
Written March 2, 2020
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RVSVD
Spring Branch, TX273 contributions
Dec 2019
Wow, words cannot tell the story. It is a beautiful piece of art and such a grand dedication to God. The chapel holds concerts from time to time and has such a peaceful feeling about it.
Written January 14, 2020
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Sanjib Duttagupta
Kolkata (Calcutta), India103 contributions
Oct 2019
A grand architecture commensurate with the palace grandeur, this chapel looks every bit of the royal usage at one point of time.
Written November 5, 2019
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PookyCake
Victoria, Canada12,346 contributions
Nov 2018
Built in 1710, the Royal Chapel represents the last building completed under the rule of France’s “Sun King.” Like all else in the Palace of Versailles, the Royal Chapel is intricate, if not a little gaudy. With its high Greek-inspired columns, vaulted ceiling, marble flooring and walls, it stands as a symbol of power and prosperity, albeit in that seemingly contradictory religious (Catholic) sort of way. But then, we’d be rather foolhardy to expect anything less of the Sun King.

I said in my review of the Palace of Versailles that the Royal Chapel “rivals the more historically significant Hall of Mirrors.” I mean this in two different respects: 1) Tourist traffic was just as hectic here as it was in the Hall of Mirrors; however, because the chapel is a smaller space, it felt far more crowded and thus impeded my enjoyment of this artistic and architectural masterpiece. It was difficult, for example, to truly admire the Holy Trinity on the chapel’s vaulted ceilings as hordes of tourists pushed, shoved and jostled to get in front of you. I was tempted to elbow some of these people so that they’d knock it off. 2) The physical structure and style of the Royal Chapel is, in my humble opinion, just as noteworthy as the more famous Hall of Mirrors. With its synthesis of lavish architecture and religious symbolism, the chapel manages to beautifully combine two concepts seemingly at odds with one another into a stunning gestalt.

In short, I’d strongly recommend taking the guided tour so that you can properly access the Royal Chapel. It’s intricate, it’s sumptuous and it’s everything you’d expect of the Sun King. Just be forewarned that the space can – and does – get a little crowded.
Written October 19, 2019
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Linda H
Chandler, AZ101 contributions
Oct 2019
Chapel makes it sound like it is small, but no, the Royal Chapel is huge and gorgeous. From the ceilings to the lights to the alter, every spot reveals another part of France's history. I was awestruck to be in this chapel.
Written October 9, 2019
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Tom B
Crystal River, FL118 contributions
Sep 2019
Everything in the palace has GOLD on it. This was no exception. Very ornate Alter. Marble walls,floors,ceiling. Beautiful
Written September 19, 2019
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Soltera
Tucson, AZ118 contributions
Aug 2019
Take your time and take a guided tour. They get you in and navigate the crowds. The chapel is amazing
Written August 29, 2019
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