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Sainte-Chapelle, Paris

4.6
#5 of 4,851 in Historic Sites in France
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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  • Sainte-Chapelle was originally part of the royal residence and served as the private chapel of the royal family! It was built in the early 13th century on the orders of King Louis IX. Over time it...  more »
  • This Church can’t be seen from the street because it’s set within Paris Courthouse. Built during the 13th century by Louis 9th to host holly relics, this church is strangely designed in two different....  more »
  • What a beautiful church. Amazing stained glass windows once you go up narrow winding stairs. They depict stories from the bible and you can just sit and admire them for ages! Well worth a visit  more »
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  • The security check process does take a while and there are usually queues but, to say the least, this is worth the wait. Once you get inside, your breath will be taken away by the sheer majesty of the place. The stained glass is absolutely incredible. I really don’t think pictures can do this justice and the atmosphere is phenomenal too. It’s true, that’s all there really is to see in there but it’s worth seeing. In a prime location in the centre of Paris and the staff were helpful enough.
  • Of course you can't miss this chapel.. Best stained glass chapel, I've visited allot of churches in Europe and this one is at the top. If your going to visit, go on a sunny day, and go in the morning when the sun is in the east, illuminating the chapel glass. The last time i was here I attended a very nice strings concert. It was a marvelous setting and evening.
  • One of the most incredible places I have ever been. So much beautiful color. There are seats along the sides of the walls where you can sit and enjoy the stained glass. Would return. Was honestly a breathtaking experience.
  • The stained glass windows here are beautiful and incredibly intricate. You can spend a lot of time looking at each one finding small details. The arches too are very well preserved and incredibly colorful. Audio guides are available. When you enter you'll first only be in the smaller room downstairs with some stained glass, but be sure to take the spiral staircase to the upper room where the real majesty is.
  • Absolutely beautiful! The stained glass windows are breathtaking and full of detail. There are some seats around the edges of the room where you can sit and take it in. We waited maybe 10/15 min in line and once we were in it wasn’t too crowded or busy. Would recommend as Notre Dame is closed for right now.

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