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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. Sainte-Chapelle is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, Paris Edition.
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  • Photography absolutely cannot do justice to the extraordinary beauty of the windows. Be sure to take your time to absorb the beauty and appreciate the artistry of the craftsmen who made the windows.  more »
  • There is definitely something special when you her Vivaldi's 4 seasons in a church, and what church! Sainte Chapelle is a marvel of Gothic style. Very moving place where time seems to stop, for a whil...  more »
  • I have visited St. Chapelle during the day and at night. If you get a chance to go to an evening concert, this is the best time to view the stunning architecture, and in particular, the windows. Their...  more »
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  • Very cool stained glass church. We didn't prioritize this and just popped in when we could. People seem to stay a while but we felt that 15 minutes or so was plenty to get the shots and get out and away from the mobs. Quite a dramatic building though and happy we went to shoot it!
  • This is a don't miss. We went by one time and it was closed for a private concert. I was annoyed b/c it is a ways from other stuff and the schedule isn't posted so you don't always know when they do stuff like that. We almost didn't go back. So glad we did. It is a strange set up with it within the walls of the department of Justice (you go through security). The windows are incredible. Pictures do not do it justice.
  • Beautiful stained glass windows in a uniquely 2 storey church. The bottom floor has small stained glass windows and I thought that was the main attraction...walk up a dark spiral staircase up one level and you're met with the most magnificent view of stained glass. Particularly beautiful when the sun is shining brightly outside.
  • One of my favourite places in Paris. One can not be prepared for the awe-inspiring work that greets you at the top of the flight of stairs. Simply breathtaking. It may be small but try not to rush. Find a place to sit and read the stories being told by the stained glass. The more I looked into the details, the more I appreciated the beauty of the place. In every pane was a story told. As I left the churched and looked back at the outside structure again, it finally struck me why this place affected me so, one would never suspect that such an unassuming church could hold such a gem. As in life, the truly wonderful occur in places and at times one least expects.
  • Since this is located inside the secure area of a French Government building, expect a line to both clear security and another at the ticket section getting into the church. A Museum Pass is helpful as it allows you to skip people buying tickets here. There are two levels (open to the public) the bottom chapel open to the commoners (of it's day) which is beautiful but cramped by Gothic standards. Once you take in the bottom chapel, find your way upstairs to the soaring beauty of the chapel designed to hold the Crown of Thorns. While the Crown is not on display, the beautiful stained glass of this church is magnificent and impressive.

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