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Ile de la Cite / Ile Saint-Louis
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Address: 8 Boulevard du Palais,, 75001 Paris, France
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+33 1 53 40 60 80
09:30 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

The Sainte-Chapelle is the finest royal chapel to be built in France and...

The Sainte-Chapelle is the finest royal chapel to be built in France and features a truly exceptional collection of stained-glass windows. It was built in the mid 13th century by Louis IX, at the heart of the royal residence, the Palais de la Cité. It was built to house the relics of the Passion of Christ. Adorned with a unique collection of fifteen glass panels and a large rose window forming a veritable wall of light,the Sainte-Chapelle is a gem of French Gothic architecture. Designated world heritage site by UNESCO. Open:> 1st March to 31st October: Monday to Friday: from 9.30 a.m. to 12.45 a.m. and to 2.15 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: from 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m.> 1st November to 29th February: Monday to Friday: from 9 a.m. to 12.45 a.m. and to 2.15 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Last admission 30 minutes before closing time. The best time to visit is in the morning from Tuesday to Friday. Closed:> 1st January, 1st May and 25th December and in case of negative temperatures.

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Spectacular stained glass

Only a short walk from Notre Dame. You enter the lower level, with a picturesque vaulted ceiling painted in a starry sky motif. Then you go up through a narrow spiral staircase... read more

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Green Bay WI
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Green Bay WI
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Only a short walk from Notre Dame. You enter the lower level, with a picturesque vaulted ceiling painted in a starry sky motif. Then you go up through a narrow spiral staircase, and emerge in a glorious fantasyland of stained glass.

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if you love stain glass this is the place though getting through the lines and security can be a headaches.

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Denver, Colorado
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We were lucky and came on an evening about 30 minutes before closing and didn't wait in line for tickets at all. The stained glass is beautiful, but the church is smaller than I expected. It is a beautiful church and worth the stop if you don't mind paying to enter and there isn't much of a line, but I'm... More 

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Grangeville, Idaho
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This is a jawdrooping cathedral. My husband and I were both astounded and spent quite a long tine here. There were no lines and the light inside was fabulous, When in Paris, do not miss this place

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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Stunning heights and colors. don't miss it. Get the day pass that allows for both Conciergerie and Ste Chapelle

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Maribor, Slovenia
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Sainte-Chapelle is just one. It is one of the best and most interesting inner places in Paris. Reserve a lot of time to enter (they will check you and your bag before entering). Chapel has two floors. Lower is beautiful, upper really amazing. A symphony of coloured glass, different Christian motives are interesting and you need to see them.

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Ewing, New Jersey
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We always try to visit Sainte-Chappelle when we are in Paris, but if there is sunshine, it's a must see. While always beautiful, the chapel turns magical when sun is streaming through the stained glass windows. We arrived in Paris too early to get into the apartment we were renting, so we dropped our bags off and walked over. It... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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Saint-Chapelle is one of the most beautiful and very close to Notre Dame. This was my third visit and it never gets tiring. The ground floor is lovely but the first up is awe inspiring with the nearly floor to ceiling stained glass.

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We used our Museum Pass for this visit and were so glad we did. The second floor stained glass is absolutely beautiful. Words don't begin to do them justice. Don't confuse the entrance to the Palace of Justice with the entrance to this site. We were in the wrong line for a while until we realized it was the wrong... More 

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It was very hard to comprehend that such a chapel was built originally solely to hold the Crown of Thorns. The stain glass is spectacular.

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Ile de la Cite / Ile Saint-Louis
Two islands sit in the middle of the Seine at the very heart of Paris. The more majestic one, Ile de la Cité, sparkles with history. This is the birthplace of Paris, the home of the Gothic Sainte-Chapelle, and the site of the prison where Marie Antoinette was held before her execution. Tourists flock to see the iconic Notre Dame and the beautiful bridges that straddle the Seine. Ile Saint-Louis, the more provincial island, welcomes you with cozy traditional eateries, small boutiques, and what some people say is the best ice cream in the city. This is essential Paris from its very beginnings to its modern appeal.
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