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Review of Sainte-Chapelle

Sainte-Chapelle
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Skip the Line: Sainte Chapelle in Palais de la...
Ranked #2 of 2,252 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 July 14, 2013

We have been to Sainte-Chapelle on two other occasions and it unfortunately was not sunny both times, which makes a beautiful sight of the stain glass windows into a spectacular sight of the stain glass windows. We just went again on our most recent trip and it was sunny! I am so glad we went, since it was like seeing it for the first time.

Thank Kelly019
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

A must see in Paris. It is breathtaking to see a church that is completely covered in stain glass windows on three sides.

Thank Brittany D
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

The upper chapel is reached by climbing a small dark spiral staircase. When you arrive at the top and see the windows, it seems as if the stone structure has melted away leaving only the gorgeous stained glass windows. We arrived in the upper chapel just as the sun appeared and the light shining through the stained glass was literally heavenly. Definitely worth the wait to get through the security lineup.

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Reviewed July 13, 2013

We queued up probably half and hour before opening and were 13th and 14th in line. Fascinating to watch people in front come out the police security check and the look on their faces is sometimes "Huh? I'm in the middle of a courtyard, where is the chapel???". There was soon I guess a couple of hundred people in there, but plenty of room for all.

The ground level where the staff went to church is quite elegant in its own right, but the reason you re there is to climb the narrow winding staircase - me with my walking stick - to what I once saw described as "like being inside a jewel". I think thats going a bit far, but it certainly is spectacular. Some of the panes are a bit dark where the sun doesn't reach, and naturally some panes were screened off for cleaning. The bench seating along one side is a good idea, allowing you to rest your neck for a while looking up at the same time. All but the lowest are too high to actually see the story they tell.

Don't miss the outside balcony - some really interesting statuary at eye level.

Good value on the Museum pass, so much else to see within 100m (Conciergie next door, flower market around the corner, Notre Dame and Crypt just down the road, several nice picnic spos on the Isle).

Thank Merv J
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

Even if you are not religious you are taken aback by the stained glass, the beauty of the sanctuary and the ambiance. a good camera will help you remember the exquisite environment for years to come. It is not the majestic Notre Dame but it has a special flavor of its own.

Thank Doctor_Jose
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