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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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  • The stained glass miracle that is ‘St Chapelle’. We first saw it 7 years ago and are still blown away by it’s beauty - even on a cloudy day the colours of the glass are absolutely luminescent. this.....  more »
  • Even during the off season the chapel was packed! Still worth the visit as the stained glass was the best I have ever seen  more »
  • Breathtaking and beautiful church. Definitely a must see if visiting Paris and you have a little bit more time after hitting the classic sights like the Eiffel Tower. The sunlight coming through the.....  more »
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  • Beautifully restored chapel, still ongoing. The lower level allowed closer look while the upper level was grand and has impressive height of stained glass windows. ⛪ Entrance is 10€ for adults above 26 years old. Free for others below. Queue for security check. Can be a bit crowded in the small chapel but attendants warned everyone to be quiet so that the ambience remained respectful.
  • There was quite a line when we came but it moved quickly. The staff keeps reminding the people to be quiet which helps the atmosphere a lot. Overall it was pretty crowded. But when I walked up from the downstairs chapel to the upstairs one it was a stunning experience of overwhelming beauty. The windows are stunning. They also have big cards with explanations in multiple languages by the exit stairs. That was very helpful. It is definitely worth visiting while in Paris.
  • While the stained glass windows are beautiful, that's all there really is to see here. For the time standing in line and the high ticket cost (I get that they are charging admission to pay for renovations and such) for me, this was the most disappointing of the dozen or so churches I visited in Paris. Just as much history, and a lot more beautiful architecture in the other churches and they have some beautiful stained glass as well.
  • We didn't see this the first time we visited Paris and I think it was a miss. Definitely worth getting tickets in advance so you don't have to wait in line and make sure to go when it's light out so you can see all of the beautiful stained glass. It is just completely stunning. I would even visit here again. The colors are incredible and to just sit inside and watch the light come through is an amazing experience.
  • The line is usually long, but we went shortly after it opened and only waited maybe a half hour, all after the security check in. The chapel (upstairs) was definitely worth even a longer wait than I had. Very colorful and impressive. I liked it more than many cathedrals, but it is less convenient to get to. It's in the middle of government buildings, so make sure you get in the right line or you'll end up in a courthouse.
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