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Sainte-Chapelle

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Address: 6, Boulevard du Palais, 75001 Paris, France
Phone Number: +33 1 53 40 60 80
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Description: 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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Impressive stained glass

This small chapel is an impressive display of stained glass, best seen in the daytime for full effect. The chapel is small so lines to get in can be long. It is worth getting... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

This small chapel is an impressive display of stained glass, best seen in the daytime for full effect. The chapel is small so lines to get in can be long. It is worth getting there early. The printed guides help translate the scenes in the stained glass, but without a zoom lens, the panels at the top aren't visible. This... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Just don't miss it! Despite the queues - it will blow your mind. My husband was very anti church visiting - still we saw a few in our travels - this is the one he still talks about. The only downside for us was that restoration work was in progress which limited the full impact of the experience..but when you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

This has to be my favorite chapel. The stained glass is beautiful all the way up the walls to the soaring ceiling. Unfortunately, when we were there construction renovations covered at least a quarter of the inside, but it was still beautiful! We used the Rick Steves informational audio tour as we toured which added to our appreciation of this... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

It used to be a must see because the Crown of Thorns was here. They are now at Notre Dame. The stained glass window is Very beautiful. Was nice to see prior to visiting Notre Dame

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Dating back to the mid 13th century - originally built as a chapel to hold Relics - the distinguishing feature of course are the amazing windows which surround the chapel with bible stories arranged in 12 groups. The walk up the narrow winding staircase does not prepare you for the amazing beauty of these windows. The lines can be long... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

There was a moderate wait to get into Chapelle (~25 minutes), visitors should always plan for that and lines would be longer in peak months. Best time to visit is supposedly before sunset when light best illuminates the amazing stained glass windows. We paid for audio guide (5 Euro) and it had a lot of great info. Unfortunately could not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

An incredible example of the art of stained glass. You have to go through a lineup, metal detectors, and a fairly high entry fee to get to it but it's worth it in my opinion. When you first enter you're actually in the 'basement' where the gift shop is so you have to take an immediate left up the staircase... More 

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Traverse City, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

We went as typical tourist to see Notre Dame, which you must see. Then decided to visit this place near by. The chapel and glass are stunning. Don't miss it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Located on the Ile de la Cite, beautiful chapel was built in 13th century. Sainte chapelle is composed of lower chapel and upper royal chapelle.The Sainte-Chapelle is decorated by a unique ensemble of fifteen stained glass windows and a large rose window which form true walls of light. In the mid-19th century, the Sainte-Chapelle was restored in a manner which... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

This is a very small church, but the stained glass windows take up basically all of the walls. Worth a quick visit for sure!

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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.