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“A chapel with breathtaking stained glass windows.”
Review of Sainte-Chapelle

Sainte-Chapelle
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Skip the Line: Sainte Chapelle in Palais de la...
Ranked #2 of 1,958 things to do in Paris
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 2 April 2018

Built in the 13th century by Louis IX, or Saint Louis, to house his Passion relics, this chapel is one of the best examples of Gothic architecture, and along with La Conciergerie, one of the oldest surviving buildings on Île de la Cité, an island on the River Seine.

The chapel has two floors. On the lower floor is a chapel and bookshop. Here, the ceiling is painted in bright blues with gold fleurs de lys. The royal chapel not he upper level, reached through a flight of narrow winding stairs, is breathtaking. There are 15 massive and brilliant stained glass windows which dominate the space. The walls and flooring also contain colourful work, but the stained glass windows, depicting scenes from the bible, steal the show. You are left amazed and spell bound.

There usually aren't many people visiting this, so do not miss it, especially if you have the museum pass. There are also occasional concerts at the chapel.

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Reviewed 1 April 2018

Entering the main chamber up the stairs and looking up is one of the most memorable moments of our trip. Stunningly beautiful.

Thank GeoSanFran
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

Fascinating light if you visit on a sunny day around 12. Remember that 70% of these windows are from 13. century !

Top Tip: If you want to visit la conciergerie too, than go there (almost no queue), buy a combined ticket sainte chapelle and conciergerie, do not visit conciergerie now, do it later, go outside again and skip the long line at sainte chapelle ;-)

Thank Jschuschu
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

Heard this was special , wrong word!! very small and had an arabian feel to it.It was full of visitors which took the niceness away, queued 2 hours

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Reviewed 1 April 2018

Worth looking into, Amazing. It is a very small church, but worth visiting. You need just about 40 minutes for this place, but you should not skip it.

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