Sainte-Dévote Chapel

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Sainte-Dévote Chapel

Sainte-Dévote Chapel (French: Chapelle Sainte Dévote) is a Roman Catholic chapel dedicated to Saint Devota, the patron saint of Monaco.

The chapel was first mentioned in archived documents dated 1070, built against the wall of Vallon des Gaumates, on the space now occupied by the Chapel of Relics. It was restored in the 16th century. In 1606, Prince Honoré II added a span, followed by a porch in 1637. The façade was rebuilt in 1870 and refurbished further in 1891 in "18th-century Neo-Greek" style. The stained-glass windows were made by Nicolas Lorin of Chartres. The glass windows were destroyed during the bombing of Monaco during World War II and were restored by Fassi Cadet of Nice in 1948.[1][2]

The chapel became the parish church in 1887.[1]

In Monegasque tradition, the bride of the Sovereign Prince of Monaco lays her bridal bouquet at the chapel after the wedding ceremony.[2]

The name of the chapel is used to identify the first corner of the Monaco Grand Prix track.


  1. ^ a b "Sainte Dévote Church". Palais de Monaco. Archived from the original on 2011-06-04. Retrieved 2011-05-16.
  2. ^ a b "Saint Devota". Mariage Princier Monaco 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-03-22. Retrieved 2011-05-16.

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Coordinates: 43.7375063°0′0″N 7.4209764°0′0″E / 43.73751°N 7.42098°E / 43.73751; 7.42098