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“Restoration Excellence” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Sainte-Chapelle

6, Boulevard du Palais, 75001 Paris, France (Ile de la Cite / Ile Saint-Louis)
+33 1 53 40 60 80
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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.
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“Restoration Excellence”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

The stained glass restoration has to be seen to be believed. The pride of the workers is evident. The Concierge is next door and was the first kings palace and later the jail used in the French Revolution. I suggest you go to the Concierge first and get the ticket for Saint-Chapelle at the same time. This will enable you to jump the very long (and slow moving) cues for Saint-Chapelle

Visited August 2014
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“Worth a visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Alighting at Pont Neuf station and crossing the Seine along the bridge which gave the metro station its name took us to one of the two islands in the middle of the famous river, the Ile de la Cite, and the Quai de L'Horloge along which we walked to the Palais de Justice. Here we queued in light rain, puzzled by the total lack of wet weather facilities for tourists, so we could buy tickets (€12.50 each) to visit Sainte Chapelle ("Holy Chapel") and La Conciergerie.
The former is located in the courtyard of what used to be the royal palace but is now part of an administrative complex known as La Conciergerie. These are part of an even larger complex known as the Palais de Justice. A medieval gothic building commenced in 1246, it was built to house Louis IX's collection of relics of Christ which included the Crown of Thorns, the Image of Edessa (an image of Christ similar to the Shroud of Turin) and some thirty other items.
After passing through an extremely slack security check in the form of a brief glance into my backpack, we stepped into a small, crowded room that was lined with very old looking, painted timber panels and nothing else of much significance apart from a statue. Wondering about the significance of this place, we noticed people ascending some very narrow, winding steps from a corner of the room and followed them upstairs to what was a much larger room with a very high vaulted ceiling and it's highlight: fifteen tall, quite spectacular stained glass windows containing more than 1,100 Biblical scenes as well as a massive, circular 'rose' window.
While there's not much more to do than look and take in the craftsmanshipof amazing artisans, I thought the visit worthwhile just from the perspective of connecting with it's history - as you do with most ancient or very old buildings.

Visited September 2013
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“Worth the visit to experience amazing architecture”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Easy access, not too crowded. Able to appreciate the architecture and stained glass. The audio guide was a plus, however, since some of the art work was under restoration, it was kind of hard to keep track of where the audio guide was at. Good for general information though.

Visited August 2014
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

The lead lighting and history within is breath taking, however the main attraction the rose was under renovation. Most disappointed and annoyed that their was no prior notification..

Visited July 2014
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“Main attraction for me in Paris”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Go there in a sunny afternoon, light will flow through the stained-glass windows, and you will feel as if you were in a magic box. Stunning interior and light.
Good advice: buy double ticket in Conciergerie (12 euro), this will save you half an hour of queueing in Saint-Chapelle).

Visited July 2014
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