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“It's all in the glass!”
Review of Sainte-Chapelle

Sainte-Chapelle
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Ranked #3 of 1,314 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 October 7, 2013

The Sainte Chapelle ought not be be standing any more. It was sold for the worth of its construction materials during the anti-religious French Revolution. But the buyer was very disappointed, what he expected to be stone walls turned out to be glass, of no worth to him, so he let it stand.
Thanks to this, one can visit this wonderful chapel, well worth the long wait for entry, and the climb up the flight of stairs. The result is a treat, with gorgeous stain glass and a wonderful ceiling. But don't expect the grandeur of Notre Dame. This is a chapel, not a cathedral.
Still, no visit to Paris is complete without a visit.

Thank philber78
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Reviewed October 7, 2013

This chapel is incredible. I go to see it every time I am in Paris and take with me whomever I am with. I hope to see it many more times in my life.

Thank eridotto
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Reviewed October 7, 2013

The chapel is absolutely beautiful, and the view from the top is even better. A bit pricey though for one room.

Thank Suzana H
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Reviewed October 7, 2013

This exhibit is covered under the "Paris Museum Pass" and shouldn't be missed. Conveniently located on the island with Notre Dame at the other end.

The church exterior and surrounding Conciergerie are what is left of the old palace from the 10th century. It was confusing to find, as the scaffolding during restorations hid the church itself. The chapel on the second floor was our main interest. There are fifteen panel windows of hugh stained glass from the 13th century. The story is told from left to right in the windows, however, they are so very tall, it is hard to see all the way to top. We just stood, enjoy the light coming through and absorbed the beauty.

You can wonder through the rest of the church and the outside
areas, seeing many exposed ruins.

Thank gggray17
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Reviewed October 7, 2013

This must be Paris's most beautiful church. Very plain from the outside and hidden by the Palais de Justice, but once inside - well - just wow!! There is so much restoration going on at the moment, but you can still see the painted walls, the fantastic vaulted ceiling and magnificent stained glass windows illustrating scenes from the old and new testaments. Be sure to see both churches, the downstairs church was for the palace staff and the upper church for the royal family which is, of course, much bigger. The Conciergerie where Marie Antoinette was kept was closed until November. We will definitely go and see this church again when the restoration has been completed. Well worth the visit.

Thank margareth700
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