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Sainte-Chapelle

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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
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9:30 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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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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Outside, this chapel is unimpressive. And there is a long queue. What a drag. But wait until you get in. The dimness of the 1st level accentuates the light coming from the small... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Outside, this chapel is unimpressive. And there is a long queue. What a drag. But wait until you get in. The dimness of the 1st level accentuates the light coming from the small aged stained glass windows and you wonder what the big deal is all about. Maybe you do not really know anything about valuable stained glass. And then... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

After the recent renovation, it's amazing. Best to go on a sunny day to get the full experience and see all the colours, but we didn't and it was still worth it. When you first go in it's not immediately obvious that you have to go upstairs and the chapel is not the ground floor! A few more signs would... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The churches in Paris are something to behold, and this place is no exception, it's not big but it is beautiful and well worth a visit. The last time I went there was a lot of restoration work going on, which lessened the effect, but however it looks now makes no difference, it's amazing.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

What a wonderful spot to stop and take in the beauty of the stain glass and learn the history of Sainte-Chapelle. It was crowded when we went, but you can move along at your own pace for the most part. The altar, statues, windows are breathtaking.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Went here with my wife and a friend, just tagging along, and was super impressed once inside. Amazing chapel with 15 gorgeous "vitral" (stained glass) windows depicting bible chapters. The history of the place is also incredible. Totally worth the entrance fee.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited the chapel one evening before Christmas for a delightful evening of music. Even my two teenage kids said it wasn't bad. Only disappointment was that it was too dark to see the beautiful windows. Recommend the evening concert but also a must see in the day time for the windows. Note - chapel can be chilly at night but... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Attended a strings concert here this past year. It was beautiful music in the loveliest setting. We took or children and grandchildren (12 and 16) and all were entranced by the concert and the setting. Highly recommend looking for a concert at Sainte-Chapelle which creates a magical mood with the light shining through the windows.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A little hard to find, but worth the effort. Located inside the concierge this strange chapel is filled with amazing stained glass windows. Nice little surprise

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The towering stained glass windows with the relic of Christ's crown of thorns. I don't have words to express the beauty of this space.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Yes it's difficult to stop taking photos due to the stunning interior but do exactly that. Put the camera down, find a seat, if you can, sit down and simply immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of your surroundings. We went on a partly cloudy day and every time the sun moved out from behind a cloud it was like... More 

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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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