Royal Chapel of Versailles

  • 1 Place Léon Gambetta, 78000 Versailles
  • Capacity: 800 seats
  • Gare de Versailles Château Rive Gauche     

ABOUT

The Royal Chapel of Versailles


If buildings could talk, what would they say? Certainly, the Royal Chapel of Versailles could tell a tale or two! After all, it was the venue for the marriage between the last king and queen of France: Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. The chapel’s construction was completed in 1710 during the reign of Louis XVI’s great-great-great-grandfather, Louis XIV, also known as the Sun King. It was the fifth and final chapel to be built at the Palace of Versailles, and it was consecrated to Saint Louis, the patron saint of the king, as well as one of the king’s ancestors.


The architecture itself references this lineage, through several similarities with the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris, which Saint Louis had founded, as well as in the emblazoned double-L motif on the altar symbolizing the saint, and the Sun King together. The vaulted ceiling of the Royal Chapel of Versailles was constructed by Hardouin-Mansart, without the use of transvers ribs, in order to create a vast, uninterrupted depiction of the Holy Trinity, above the heads of the congregation. For decades, this painting would look down on the French Royal Family as they took their daily mass, an event which became renowned across Europe for its use of music, played on a huge organ designed by Cliquot.


The Royal Chapel of Versailles also incorporates classical-inspired designs in its impressive colonnades, which we have come to associate with the Neoclassical boom of the 18th century, however, the chapel’s construction was completed long before the movement really came to prominence, showing that its architects were truly ahead of their time. Since the chapel’s deconsecration in the 19th century, it has become a go-to venue for classical concerts, and so it should be, having been the epicenter of European music in centuries gone by. What better place to experience the history of music!


Fast facts
Capacity: 800
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Air conditioning: No
Heating: Yes
Coat Check: Yes (free service)

LOCATION

1 Place Léon Gambetta, 78000 Versailles

Gare de Versailles Château Rive Gauche    

Past shows at this venue

Concert

Royal Chapel of Versailles Concert Series

The greatest melodies of baroque music will fill the Royal Chapel of the Palace of Versailles for a series of unique concerts.
until 7/18/24
from 57 €

Opera

David and Jonathan

Friendship, rivalry, power, and a guarantee of tragedy. Marc-Antoine Charpentier's masterpiece is revived under the gold of the Royal Chapel of Versailles!
until 7/18/24
from 103 €

Oratorio

Bach's Christmas Oratorio

In the experienced hands of the Monteverdi Choir, the Christmas Oratorio will resound in the superb Royal Chapel of Versailles.
until 7/18/24
from 121 €

Oratorio

Charpentier’s Baroque Christmas

Have a very Baroque Christmas with the music of Marc-Antoine Charpentier, conducted by William Christie!
until 7/18/24
from 103 €

Oratorio

Handel's Messiah

The Messiah returns to the lavish Royal Chapel of Versailles, bringing the good book alive with scores by Handel.
until 7/18/24
from 121 €

Concert

Charpentier’s Te Deum

Charpentier's Te Deum fills the incredible Royal Chapel of the Château de Versailles. A veritable pleasure!
until 7/18/24
from 85 €

Concert

Felix Mendelssohn : Symphony No. 2 Lobgesang

Let yourself drift away to the melodies of Mendelssohn’s romantic symphony-cantata!
until 7/18/24
from 85 €

Concert

Oratorio

Lully’s Te Deum

A classical music tribute to God and to Louis XIV!
until 7/18/24
from 85 €

Concert

Charpentier's Leçons des Ténèbres

When darkness is the source of a thousand lights...
until 7/18/24
from 85 €

Concert

Couperin’s Leçons de Ténèbres

A concert by candelight.. Couperin's dazzling music inspired from the darkness of night...
until 7/18/24
from 73 €