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“Rose window completely covered by refurbishment. ”
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Skip the Line: Sainte Chapelle in Palais de la Cité
Ranked #5 of 1,124 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.
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“Rose window completely covered by refurbishment. ”
Reviewed April 23, 2014 via mobile

The stained glass interiors are very impressive and magnificent but as soon as you reach the floor of the chapel you are greeted with a obnoxiously large scaffolding and construction noise. The most iconic piece of glass art in the city is completely covered. We waited in the security line for thirty minutes and paid almost twenty euros to look at the church for about ten minutes. I wouldn't go until reconstruction on the rose window is complete

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“Sainte-Chapelle - An Underrated Jewel”
Reviewed April 22, 2014

When visiting must see sites in Paris, Notre Dame is normally the top of everyone's list (as it should be). But within a ten minute walk is the jewel of Sainte-Chapelle with its beautiful stained glass windows. The church is rather pedestrian on the outside because it lacks the ornate sculpture and architectural beauty of Notre Dame Cathedral. But step inside and you can't help but be overwhelmed by the ornate and elaborate stained-glass windows that are even more beautiful with the late afternoon sun streaming in. Although the church is in the midst of a multi year restoration effort that limits the view of some of the windows, don't let that dissuade you from this visit. The Paris museum pass covers the admission charge.

Visited April 2014
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“Stained Windows”
Reviewed April 22, 2014

Sainte Chapelle is one of Paris oldest and most significant monuments. Built by Louis IX, it was meant to house relics he had acquired during the crusades. The most striking feature of the Gothic chapel is the stained glass above the actual place of worship, well worth braving the long queues here.

Visited August 2013
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“Restoration work”
Reviewed April 21, 2014

Fabulous place, well worth a visit but might be worth waiting until they have finished the restoration work as much of the upper chapel was hidden. Good idea - they had cards to walk around with in different langauges.

Visited April 2014
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Blayney, Australia
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“A very nice short visit”
Reviewed April 21, 2014

We visited Saint Chapelle near opening time on a Saturday morning. I had read that there can be queues here but we got in pretty quickly. The floor to ceiling stained glass windows are quite spectacular. Half the room was blocked off for renovations but there was still enough for us to see. We did not need to spend too much time here but it was worth sticking our heads in for a look.

Visited April 2014
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