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Royal Chapels

Below is an illustrated index of the 5 Royal Chapels profiled on Sacred Destinations so far. For photo credits, please see corresponding articles.



  • Hofkirche (Court Church)
    Innsbruck, Austria
    The Hofkirche in Innsbruck is a royal mausoleum built in 1553. It contains the ornate black marble tomb of Emperor Maximilian I (although his remains are elsewhere), which is considered a great feat of German Renaissance sculpture.
  • Cappella Palatina
    Palermo, Italy
    Located within the Norman Palace, the Palatine Chapel is the finest example of Arab-Norman art in Palermo. Built by Roger II from 1130 to 1140, it is adorned with extraordinary Byzantine mosaics.
  • Sainte-Chapelle
    Paris, France
    Famed for its stained glass, this beautiful 13th-century Gothic chapel was built by King Louis IX as a royal chapel to house important relics of Christ.
  • St-Germain l'Auxerrois
    Paris, France
    When the Louvre was still a royal palace, this was its church. It accordingly drew an assortment of royalty, courtesans, men of art and law, and local artisans.
  • Augustinerkirche
    Vienna, Austria
    This was originally built in the 14th century as the parish church of the imperial court. Several royal weddings took place here and Hapsburg hearts are preserved in urns.