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Sainte-Chapelle, Paris

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Soaring stained glass windows beam a myriad of colored light onto the floor's rich tile mosaics inside Sainte-Chapelle. This house of worship is one of the highest achievements of the Rayonnant period Gothic architecture, and retains one of the most extensive collections of 13th-century stained glass anywhere in the world. Built by the French kings to house the relics of the Crown of Thorns, this "jewel box" structure has two levels and an impressive vaulted ceiling. Use our Paris online travel planner to visit Sainte-Chapelle on your trip to Paris, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • I recommend you to go there when it is sunny because you could see all magic of this place. I recommend you to buy tickets online - you’ll skip all lines there. But if you wouldn’t do it, do not... 
    I recommend you to go there when it is sunny because you could see all magic of this place. I recommend you to buy tickets online - you’ll skip all lines there. But if you wouldn’t do it, do not...  more »
  • If you experience one church, this must be the one. Awe-inspiring stained glass that practically overwhelms you with color and vibrancy and craftsmanship. It transcends anyone's particular religious....  more
    If you experience one church, this must be the one. Awe-inspiring stained glass that practically overwhelms you with color and vibrancy and craftsmanship. It transcends anyone's particular religious....  more »
  • Wow! Those gorgeous stained glass windows!! Photos don’t do them justice, but they will stay in my memory. 
    Wow! Those gorgeous stained glass windows!! Photos don’t do them justice, but they will stay in my memory.  more »
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  • It was stunning to see how it is preserved until today. The fine art work on glass representing 4 colors red, blue, green and yellow is satisfying to watch. It reminds us about the glory of artists back then and gives an idea about their dedication, passion and devotion they had about their religion. But at the same time, it also reminds us that nothing in this world lasts forever. I am thankful to the ticket checker who let me in for free with my friends. The staff was very nice as well.
  • It's a beautiful chapel, especially because it has been well preserved and repaired from time to time. There are brochures at the entrance in various languages which present the story of chapel in an interesting manner. Additionally, what I really liked was a television inside explaining how various parts, sculptures and glasses are repaired or replaced. And the lower part of the building actually has the replaced parts for us to see. Must visit! PS: It's free for students up to the age of 15.
  • Beautiful church with great glass painted windows. If you like churches thus is a must. If not still worth to see as it is gorgeous. Especially , if the sun is shining through the windows. I recommend to check the line when you are there and then decide if you want to buy the tickets online or not. We were even quicker when not purchasing tickets in advance.
  • Breathtaking! Words cannot describe the feeling when you walk into the chapel and see the stained glass for the first time. I could spend hours looking at the glass. I was concerned with security to get in but it was easy and fairly short line - we had the earliest tickets on a Friday morning - but could see how it could easily become long lines. It would have been worth the wait regardless. I would check out the Paris Museum Pass (still have to schedule a time) if you are going to a number of other sites in the Paris area.
  • An incredible place. Definitely a must visit. The architecture itself was amazing (even thought it was restored), but the stained-glass art was on an entirely different level. The way it reflected the sunlight, and the colours that entered the building were an unforgettable experience. However, I do still think that the price is a bit too high.

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